Nationals vs Brewers MLB Odds, Preview & Expert Pick

Posted by Derrick Harper on May 8, 2019 in

With Washington’s injured list looking more like a football team’s injury report, the Nationals limp into this series without their Nos. 2, 3, 4 or 5 hitters from Opening Day. While this has unsurprisingly kneecapped the offense, perhaps a larger concern is the effect on the roster and the defense. Let’s take a look at the latest MLB Odds for Nationals vs Brewers.

Nationals vs Brewers MLB Odds, Preview & Expert Pick

Washington Sloppy of Late

Most noticeably, the Nationals have five errors in the past two games. Rookie shortstop Carter Kieboom shoulders a share of the blame, but the Nationals understood his glove lagged behind his bat when they promoted him to the majors on April 26. The team accepted the risk because he offered a higher upside.

Furthermore, Taylor’s uncertain status for the series double-whammies the Nationals. If he cannot play, Washington will miss Taylor’s elite defense in the center while also facing a tough call on which player to call up. Because the team’s reserve minor leaguers are already in the majors — Adrian Sanchez, Jake Noll, Andrew Stevenson, and Kieboom — the Nationals are left with only pitchers and catchers on their 40-man roster.

If Taylor goes to the injured list, one solution might be to promote Spencer Kieboom, Carter’s older brother and a catcher at Class AA Harrisburg. Spencer has played some first base and the positional flexibility would help the Nationals by allowing Martinez to more liberally utilize his catchers as pinch hitters. The approach was effective against the Phillies with Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes, who went 2-for-2 with a homer in the role. Suzuki hit three home runs overall in the series.

Many of the Nationals’ problems right now — injuries, travel troubles — are out of their control. The defense is not. With the Nationals missing their best bats and their margin for error shrinking, this team cannot afford to put themselves any further behind.

Milwaukee Hampered As Well

The injury bug hasn’t skipped right past the Brewers though, either. Lorenzo Cain looks to be out for a potentially, significant amount of time, but the trick up Milwaukee’s sleeve is that Christian Yelich can do this all by himself seemingly.

They still have the likes of Travis Shaw and Ryan Braun as well, who could be primary threats to opposing pitchers on a team without Yelich, but the combination makes for a tough lineup to face. Pitching around one means you will have to face the next with a man on, and for these hitters, having a man on is as dangerous as they come.

Nationals vs Brewers Final Prediction

I legitimately think that Yelich can repeat as NL MVP if he stays healthy. His swing looks effortless, his speed is showcased and Milwaukee is a hitter’s park. He leads the league in home runs through this part of the season so I suppose so far is so good.

I simply think he is too much alone for the Nationals to contend with offensively. I like the Brew crew to outscore the Nats by means of a 4 – 2 victory. I’ll even give you bonus points here and predict that three of those runs will be credited to Yelich.