Nationals @ Brewers: Game Preview (7/27)

DC Sports Nexus ---- Friday, July 27, 2012

Nationals vs Brewers
8:10 Miller Park

Story Lines:
  • Nationals will try to be the first team to reach 60 wins this season with a win tonight.
  • Nationals will also try to extend their winning streak to 7.
  • The Brewers are looking to snap their losing streak at 7.
Pitching Match Up:
  • Ross Detwiler
    • 5-3 with a 3.01 ERA.
    • Hasn't been tagged with a loss since May 19th.
    • Has a 1.89 ERA in July over 19 innings pitched.
  • Mike Fiers
    • 3-4 with a 1.96 ERA.
    • Has only gone less than 6 innings in games he started once this season.
    • Is 0-2 in July with a 1.33 ERA over 20.1 innings pitched.
Who to Watch:
  • Adam LaRoche
    • Has a homer streak of 3 games.
    • Also has recorded 2 RBIs in each of his last 3 games.
    • Batting .293 with 4 homeruns and 12 RBIs in the month of July.
  • Aramis Ramirez
    • Batting .167 with a homerun against Detwiler.
    • Went 2-3 in last nights game.
    • Batting .341 with with 14 RBIs in July.
Keys to the Game:
  1. Get runners in.  Fiers 1.33 ERA in July shows he isn't giving away many runs.
  2. Error Free Defense.  Detwiler has pitched well, but he will give up some baserunners.  Fielders need to back him up.
  3. Table Setters Get On.  Odds are if they do, LaRoche will drive them in with a homer.

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