The final month of the MLB season is now upon us, which means that the window of opportunity for teams on the outside looking in at the playoffs is beginning to close. It also means that the pressure on the teams holding onto those spots is beginning to get a little more intense. How those teams handle the pressure in the final few weeks will ultimately decide whether they are playing baseball beyond the end of the regular season. For now, the Milwaukee Brewers are rising to the occasion and are holding on to the final Wild Card spot in the NL. They have what is sure to be a tricky 3-game series this weekend in the nation’s capital. The Washington Nationals are almost certainly out of the playoff race, but they are a team loaded with talent that has the ability to turn it on when they are in the mood. The question here is whether they will be in the mood to play the role of spoiler and hurt a team with their eyes on the playoff prize.
Brewers at Nationals MLB Lines, Pick & PredictionMilwaukee / WashingtonLive Stream: MLB LiveMLB Odds: Washington -1.5 (+170) / -120
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Why bet on the Milwaukee Brewers?The Brewers have stumbled a little in the second half, losing ground to both the Cubs and the Cardinals in the division race. The good news, though, is that they appear to have found their feet again, going 7-3 in their last 10 games and opening up a 2-game lead for the final spot in the Wild Card. The Brewers are coming into this one on the heels of a series win over the Reds, although this will be a much tougher proposition.This will be the second series between the Brewers and the Nationals this season, and it was Milwaukee who took 2 of 3 from the Nats in their home series. They won the season series against the Nationals last year, although they lost 2 of 3 when playing in Washington. Jhoulys Chacin (13-5, 3.61 ERA) will get the start.
Why bet on the Washington Nationals?If the Brewers think they are going to take advantage of a team likely to miss the playoffs, they need only look at what the Nationals have done lately. This is a team that has seriously underwhelmed this year, but they stepped things up a little over the last couple of weeks in a pair of different series against the Philadelphia Phillies, winning 4 of 6 and putting a dent in the playoff hopes of Philly.Despite some positives there, this team has failed to launch this season, sitting at .500 as we head into the final month of the season. The Nationals do have a winning record at home, although it’s a not entirely convincing 2 games over .500 mark they are boasting coming into this one. The Nats will send Tanner Roark (8-13, 3.95 ERA) to the mound for this one.
Latest MLB Betting Trends for Brewers at Nationals
- Milwaukee is 1-5 ATS in the last 6 games
- Milwaukee is 5-2 SU in the last 7 games
- The total went OVER in 5 of Milwaukee’s last 6 games
- Washington is 2-6 ATS in the last 8 games
- Washington is 2-5 SU in the last 7 games when playing Milwaukee
- The total went OVER in 9 of Washington’s last 13 games