Monday, 8:10 p.m. -- LHP Tom Gorzelanny (2-3, 3.56) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-2, 4.70)
TV: MASN Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM
Tuesday, 8:10 p.m. -- RHP Livan Hernandez (3-6, 3.64) vs. LHP Chris Narveson (2-3, 3.44)
TV: MASN2 Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM
Wednesday, 1:10 p.m. -- RHP Jason Marquis (5-1, 4.08) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (2-1, 6.43)
TV: MASN Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WHFS-1580 AM
Nobody in the National League has played better at home than Milwaukee, which just swept the Rockies over the weekend to improve to 16-6 at Miller Park. Winners of 10 of their last 13 overall, the Brewers love hitting in their friendly confines. As a team, they're batting .298 with 30 homers in 22 home games (compared to only .220 with 16 homers in 25 road games).
Production is coming from all over the lineup, but especially from their two big studs: Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. Braun leads the league with 12 homers and 100 total bases to go along with a .299 average. Fielder, meanwhile, leads the league with 36 RBI and has posted a robust .923 OPS.
Less-heralded is 24-year-old catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who is merely hitting .320 in his second big-league season. Lucroy's impressive performance hasn't opened the door for much playing time for former Nationals backstop Wil Nieves, batting a scant .150 with no RBI in 16 games.
Speaking of ex-Nats, Nyjer Morgan won't be around for this series. In the final stages of rehab from a fractured middle finger, Morgan is slated to play in two extended spring training games in Arizona tomorrow and Wednesday. He was hitting .379 with two doubles and two triples before suffering the injury.
The Brewers' biggest offseason acquisition, Zack Greinke, starts the series finale against a Nationals club he spurned over the winter. The right-hander hasn't exactly lived up to the hype yet; after opening the season on the DL, he's posted only one quality start in his first four outings. Greinke has, however, notched 29 strikeouts in his first 21 innings, including nine his last time out against a potent Rockies lineup.
WASHINGTON BATTERS VS. MILWAUKEE PITCHERS
Nats' best vs. Gallardo -- Adam LaRoche (6-for-19, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K), Alex Cora (3-for-9, 3 K), Danny Espinosa (1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI).
Nats' worst vs. Gallardo -- Jayson Werth (1-for-10, 5 K), Jerry Hairston (1-for-10, 2B, 5 K), Ivan Rodriguez (1-for-7, HR, 3 RBI, 2 K), Ian Desmond (1-for-6, 2B, K)
Nats' best vs. Narveson -- Michael Morse (4-for-7, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, K), Wilson Ramos (2-for-3), Adam LaRoche (2-for-5, RBI, BB).
Nats' worst vs. Narveson -- Jayson Werth (0-for-5, BB, 2 K), Danny Espinosa (0-for-2, RBI, K), Laynce Nix (0-for-1).
Nats' best vs. Greinke -- Ivan Rodriguez (11-for-30, HR, 4 RBI, 3 K), Adam LaRoche (3-for-3), Jerry Hairston (3-for-4, 3 2B, RBI).
Nats' worst vs. Greinke -- Laynce Nix (2-for-9, RBI, 3 K), Matt Stairs (2-for-8, 2B, 2 K), Michael Morse (0-for-2, BB, K).
MILWAUKEE BATTERS VS. WASHINGTON PITCHERS
Brewers' best vs. Gorzelanny -- Ryan Braun (10-for-21, 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 7 BB, 2 K), Wil Nieves (2-for-6, 2 2B, BB, 3 K).
Brewers' worst vs. Gorzelanny -- Casey McGehee (0-for-6, 3 K), Mark Kotsay (1-for-6), Prince Fielder (6-for-30, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K), Corey Hart (5-for-27, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB, 4 K).
Brewers' best vs. Hernandez -- Craig Counsell (17-for-47, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 7 BB, 5 K), Mark Kotsay (13-for-38, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K).
Brewers' worst vs. Hernandez -- Prince Fielder (2-for-17, 2B, 2 BB, 3 K), Rickie Weeks (4-for-20, 3B, RBI, BB, 3 K), Ryan Braun (5-for-20, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, K).
Brewers' best vs. Marquis -- Corey Hart (7-for-17, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 K), Ryan Braun (8-for-18, 3 2B, RBI, 2 BB, 2 K), Craig Counsell (12-for-36, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 4 BB, 3 K).
Brewers' worst vs. Marquis -- Yuniesky Betancourt (0-for-5, K), Prince Fielder (4-for-19, 3 2B, HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K), Wil Nieves (0-for-2).