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.
Brewers lead the series 2-1
WP: Jose Veras (5 - 4)
SV: John Axford
LP: Tyler Clippard (2 - 6)
|2 - 4 loss|
WP: Gio Gonzalez (20 - 8)
LP: Wily Peralta (2 - 1)
|10 - 4 win|
WP: Brandon Kintzler (3 - 0)
SV: John Axford
LP: Ryan Mattheus (5 - 3)
|2 - 6 loss|
Monday, Sep 24, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT
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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