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Blazek Getting Rare Start for Brewers

The Washington Nationals offense has been a sleeping giant of late, yet they were still able to break out of their slumber on Wednesday after being shut out until the seventh inning in an 8-5 triumph over the Milwaukee Brewers. Sportsbooks opened the Brew Crew as +209 road underdogs with a total of 8.

Shark Bites
  • The Nationals are 7-2 SU in their last nine games at home against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Brewers’ last five games when closing out a series.
  • The Brewers are 2-7 SU in their last nine games on the road.

Michael Blazek and Max Scherzer will get the start in this one. Blazek (0-0, 0.00 ERA) has made 108 career appearances out of the bullpen and has not allowed an earned run in 6.1 innings in 2017. The 28-year-old has allowed two runs in 5.2 innings of relief in his career against the Nats.

Scherzer (11-5, 2.26) enters this game second in the National League to Clayton Kershaw in ERA, first in strikeouts (192) and first in WHIP (0.84). The 32-year-old has a 2.65 ERA in six games against Milwaukee.

UNDER bettors have been targeting the Nationals of late, and for good reason. In Washington’s last eight, the UNDER is 6-2.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as MyBookie had set the Washington Nationals as -225 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The OVER/UNDER was hovering near 8.5 for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 4.8-3.5 win for the Brewers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Milwaukee Brewers vs Washington Nationals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

60-39 Washington battles the Brewers, currently with a 54-49 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Milwaukee injuries news.

The Washington Nationals vs Milwaukee Brewers odds would favor the Nationals if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Washington is rated No. 6 in the current OddsShark poll, while Milwaukee is at No. 8.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Milwaukee Brewers rank No. 17 at 8.68 hits per game. That compares with the Washington Nationals No. 2 ranking in that category.

Milwaukee brings the No. 13-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Nationals's No. 11-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Jimmy Nelson did his job in a losing cause last time out against Washington, striking out 10 in a 8-5 loss on Wednesday at Nationals Park.

Betting Trends
  • Milwaukee is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Milwaukee is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Milwaukee's last 11 games
  • Milwaukee is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Washington is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Washington is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Washington is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games

Next Betting Matchups

Milwaukee home to Chicago, Friday, July 28
Washington home to Colorado, Friday, July 28

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