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Brewers Vs. Nationals Preview: Jordan Zimmermann Takes Mound In Series Finale

The Washington Nationals will hope to earn a series split in a Monday matinee as they finish off a four-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers.

With a little bit more than a week left in the regular season, the Nats are 4.5 games up in the NL East race with a magic number of six. The Atlanta Braves are off Monday, so the Nationals are guaranteed move half a game in the standings, for better or worse. There's obviously a lot more at stake for the Brewers, who are 2.5 games behind the final Wild Card slot while Washington is at least guaranteed of some sort of postseason play after clinching a postseason berth for the first time in team history last week.

For the Nats, Jordan Zimmermann will toe the rubber, looking to continue a strong stretch of three 5-plus inning performances with less than two runs allowed that's seen his ERA dip to 2.96. Marco Estrada has an impressive streak of over 13 scoreless innings after two consecutive outings without giving up a run, earning wins over the Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Current Series

Brewers lead the series 2-1

Fri 09/21 WP: Jose Veras (5 - 4)
SV: John Axford
LP: Tyler Clippard (2 - 6)
2 - 4 loss
Sat 09/22 WP: Gio Gonzalez (20 - 8)
LP: Wily Peralta (2 - 1)
10 - 4 win
Sun 09/23 WP: Brandon Kintzler (3 - 0)
SV: John Axford
LP: Ryan Mattheus (5 - 3)
2 - 6 loss

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Washington Nationals

Monday, Sep 24, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT
Nationals Park

Marco Estrada vs Jordan Zimmermann

Sunny. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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