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MLB Preview: Washington Nationals (65-82) at Milwaukee Brewers (82-64)


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SUMMARY: Are 89-78 all-time, including 1-2 this season…..went 3-3 last season.

at MIL: Are 52-32, going 44-25 at American Family Field and 8-7 at County Stadium…..are 17-7 over the last 24 games, going 2-1 last season.

at WSH: Are 37-46 all-time, going 23-26 at Nationals Park, 3-7 at RFK Stadium, 2-1 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium (Expos) and 9-12 at Olympic Stadium (Expos)…..are 1-2 this season…..went 1-2 last season.

The Feeling Is Mutual
At a press conference held earlier today, the Brewers unveiled the first sponsored jersey patch in franchise history…..Northwestern Mutual, the official financial planning partner of the Brewers, will be represented with a patch on the jersey sleeve beginning with tonight’s game against the Nationals…..the patch features the company logo in Brewers navy blue and white with inverted colors based on the style of the jersey.

Do You Believe in Magic?
The Brewers’ magic number to clinch the NL Central is 12…..a combination of Brewers wins and Cubs losses totaling 12 will clinch the division…..the magic number to clinch a postseason berth is 9 over the Diamondbacks and Marlins and 8 over the Reds.

The Hunt for October
The Brewers are looking to qualify for the postseason for the fifth time in the last six seasons…..the team made the postseason in a franchise-record four consecutive years from 2018-21 and missed the postseason by just a single game in both 2017 and 2022.

Climbing the Charts
The Brewers (82-64) are looking to improve to a season-high 19 games over .500…..the team has not been 19 games over.500 since it finished the 2021 season 28 games over at 95-67.

Home Cooking
The Brewers are 11-2 over their last 13 home games and are 43-29 (.597) at home overall, the third-best record in the NL behind the Braves (47-25, .653) and Dodgers (48-26, .649).

Fine ‘Penmanship
The Brewers bullpen has a 0.94 ERA over its last 6 games (28.2ip, 3er) while posting a 0.87 WHIP and .143 opponent AVG (14-for-98) with 11 walks and 29 strikeouts…..the bullpen ERA for the season is 3.57, trailing only the Braves (3.54) in the NL

THIS EVENING’S GAME: Is game 5 (3-1) of a 7-game homestand against Miami (3-1) and Washington (3g)…..following this homestand, the team takes its final road trip of the season, covering 7 games against St. Louis (4g) and Miami (3g)…..the Brewers return to American Family Field on September 26 to end the regular season with a 6-game homestand against St. Louis (3g) and Chicago-NL (3g).

IN THE TRAINER’S ROOM: LHP Aaron Ashby (left labrum), RHP J.C. Mejía (right shoulder), OF Garrett Mitchell (left shoulder), OF Blake Perkins (left oblique), 1B Darin Ruf (right knee), RHP Julio Teheran (right hip), LHP Justin Wilson (left lat) and OF Jesse Winker (back/right quad) are on the injured list…..Ashby, Mejía, Mitchell, Ruf and Wilson are on the 60-day IL.

IN THE STANDINGS (169 days): The Brewers have spent the following number of days alone or tied at each position in the NL Central standings: FIRST: 116, SECOND: 51,
THIRD: 2, FOURTH: 0, FIFTH: 0…..the team is currently in first place, leading the second-place Cubs by 4.5 games.

SERIES-LY SPEAKING: The Brewers are 26-19-2 in series play.
Game 1: 26-21, Game 2: 28-19, Game 3: 23-22, Game 4: 5-2
Sweep Wins (9): vs. NYM (3g, 4/3-4/5), at SEA (3g, 4/17-4/19), vs. KC (3g, 5/12-5/14), vs. PIT (3g, 6/16-6/18), at CIN (3g, 7/14-7/16), at CWS (3g, 8/11-8/13),
at TEX (3g, 8/18-8/20), vs. MIN (2g, 8/22-8/23), vs. SD (3g, 8/25-8/27)
Sweep Losses (5): at COL (3g, 5/2-5/4), vs. OAK (3g, 6/9-6/11), at MIN (2g, 6/13-6/14), at ATL (3g, 7/28-7/30), at LAD (3g, 8/15-8/17)

AT HOME: The Brewers are 43-29 at home, going 14-7-2 in series play…..the team is 11-2 over its last 13 home games…..from 8/9-9/2 had a season-high 8-game winning streak…..went 46-35 at home last season, going 15-8-4 in series play.

ON THE ROAD: The Brewers are 39-35 on the road, going 12-12-0 in series play…..went 40-41 on the road last season, going 9-12-5 in series play.

LET’S GO TO THE VIDEO TAPE: The Brewers have made 30 replay challenges this season, going 14-16…..their last challenge (won) came on 9/14 vs. Miami as an out call
at home plate (Tyrone Taylor) was overturned.

TONIGHT’S STARTER: #20 – LHP WADE MILEY (20gs, 7-4, 3.30)
MILEY AT A GLANCE: Wade Miley, 36, is making his 21st start of the season and second against the Nationals…..Miley last started last Saturday at New York-AL and received no decision in the Brewers’ 9-2 win (3.2ip, 1h, 2r, 1er, 3bb, 3k, 84 pitches)…..the team is 12-8 in his starts…..he has 8 quality starts…..opponents are batting .222 (85-for-383, 15hr)…..Miley was on the 15-day injured list from 5/17-6/16 with a left lat strain and from 7/17-8/1, retroactive to 7/14, with left elbow discomfort…..he signed as a free agent with Milwaukee on January 9…..he is signed through the 2023 season with a mutual option for 2024.

WELCOME BACK!: Miley returned to Milwaukee, where he pitched in 2018 for the National League Central champions and went 5-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 16 starts…..he went on to make 4 starts during the postseason, posting a 1.23 ERA (14.2ip, 2er), as the team went on to advance to the seventh game of the NLCS against Los Angeles.

LAST SEASON: Miley went 2-2 with a 3.16 ERA in 9 games/8 starts with Chicago-NL last season…..he missed most of the season while spending time on the injured list on three occasions: 4/7-5/9 (left elbow inflammation), 5/29-6/9 (left shoulder strain) and 6/11-9/5 (left shoulder strain).

CAREER: Is 106-98 with a 4.08 ERA in 312 games/305 starts (1721.2ip, 780er)… in his 13th Major League season with Arizona (2011-14), Boston (2015), Seattle (2016), Baltimore (2016-17), Milwaukee (2018, ‘23), Houston (2019), Cincinnati (2020-21) and Chicago-NL (2022)…..was an All-Star with the Diamondbacks in 2012…..threw a no-hitter with the Reds on 5/7/21 at Cleveland…..Miley was selected by Arizona in the supplemental first round (43rd overall) of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Southeastern Louisiana University.

CAREER AT AMERICAN FAMILY FIELD: Is 8-4 with a 3.88 ERA in 22 starts (109ip, 47er)… 4-2 with a 3.58 ERA in 10 starts this season (55.1ip, 22er).

CAREER ON THE ROAD: Is 51-52 with a 3.95 ERA in 165 games/163 starts (911.2ip, 400er)… 3-2 with a 2.98 ERA in 10 starts this season (48.1ip, 16er).

CAREER vs. NATS: Is 2-3 with a 3.61 ERA in 9 starts (47.1ip, 19er), including a no-decision this season on 8/2 in Washington (4ip, 3h, 1r, 1er, 2bb, 5k, 1wp)…..Brewers lost, 3-2.

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