Milwaukee Brewers (7-5, 2nd NLC) v. Washington Nationals (5-7, 3rd NLE)
Nationals Park, Washington D.C.
Friday, Apr. 15 7:05 pm: Chris Narveson (1-0, 0.00) v. Tom Gorzelanny (0-1, 8.44)
Saturday, Apr. 16, 1:05 pm: Yovanni Gallardo (1-0, 2.70) v. Jason Marquis (0-0, 3.65)
Sunday, Apr. 17, 1:35 pm: Marco Estrada (1-0, 5.14) v. Livan Hernandez (1-1, 3.50)
After dropping two of three to the Philadelphia Phillies, the Nationals welcome another playoff contender to Nats Park, the Milwaukee Brewers, winners of their last four games. The Brew Crew bring an impressive pitching staff and that's not even counting off-season addition Zack Greinke, injured during spring training playing pick-up basketball.
Friday's starter, lefty Chris Narveson, hasn't given up an earned run in either of his two starts this season. Saturday the Nats will face one of the best young pitchers in the N.L., Yovanni Gallardo (2.70ERA in 3 starts), and Sunday features former Nats reliever Marco Estrada filling in for Greinke.
The Brewers are led at the plate once again by 1B Prince Fielder (.372, 3 HR, 15 RBI) and LF Ryan Braun (.325, 4 HR, 8 RBI). But they are also getting surprising support from OF Nyjer Morgan, traded over at the end of spring training from the Nats for minor league infielder Cutter Dykstra.
In five games and 21 at bats, Morgan is hitting .476 with two doubles and two triples, providing a spark from the bottom of the order, where he's been predominantly used by Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke.
The reception for Morgan at Nats Park this weekend should be as interesting, considering some of the comments he's made about his former teammates and manager since the deal.
BREWERS: Weeks-4, Gomez-8, Braun-7, Fielder-3, McGehee-5, Betancourt-6, Almonte-9, Nieves-2, Narveson-1.
NATIONALS: Espinosa-4, Ankiel-8, Werth-9, LaRoche-3, Ramos-2, Morse-7, Desmond-6, Hairston-5, Gorzelanny-1