Managing an MLB team is a lot like managing your kids in that you put your trust in them until they give you some reason not to. Even when the Washington Nationals have struggled this year, they have still offered up a high level of trust to their management team. The same cannot be said for the Milwaukee Brewers, which may explain why changes are afoot on that club. These two teams will meet for a 4-game series in Milwaukee starting on Thursday night MLB betting.
Washington Nationals vs Milwaukee Brewers MLB Betting Preview
Time: Thursday, 8:10 p.m. ET
Venue: Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Radio/TV: MASN2, 106.7 The Fan, FSWI, WTMJ 620
Opening line: Washington -113, Milwaukee +103
Having the Nationals come to town may have been viewed with a sense of dread by the Brewers (22-37) just a couple of weeks ago, but you get the sense that the tide is turning over there. We are not going to get carried away and say that this team is going to become a contender overnight, but the roster moves that have been made do seem to be paying off. The Brewers have 4 of their last 5 games, and with a win on Wednesday night, they can complete a sweep of the red-hot Pirates. Even if they lose that one, they will still head home with a winning record from their 9-game road trip. While they still have a long way to go to get back to a respectable record, you have to admire the progress being made. Matt Garza (4-7, 5.09 ERA) will start for the Brewers on Thursday. He has won both of his last starts, and only gave up 1 run in the process.
The Washington Nationals (30-28) are on a long slow roller coaster ride through this part of the season. They started out very poorly, but were one of the hottest teams through the month of May. The found their way back to the top of the NL East, but a stunning drop in form has seen them relinquish the lead to the New York Mets. The Nationals have lost their last three games, and are just 2-8 in their last 10 games. Bryce harper, who carried the offense through May, has seen his bat start to go cold, and it seems to be spreading through the entire clubhouse. There is still the belief that this team can pull out of this nosedive, it’s simply a question of how long it will last. Tanner Roark (2-2, 3.16 ERA) will get the start, and he has been pretty solid since taking a spot in the starting rotation.
Key Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 7 games on the road
- Milwaukee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee’s last 5 games
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
The Nationals have to pull out of this slide at some point, but I’m just not sure that it’s going to be in this game. The Brewers are running hot right now, and I think they steal the first game in this series.