With a string of losses, the Milwaukee Brewers are in danger of undoing the good work they did in the first half of the season. With a next-man-up mentality, the Washington Nationals continue to roll despite a string of injuries. The reeling Brewers (53-48) have seen their National League Central lead dissipate and are just a half-game ahead of the Chicago Cubs after losing seven of their past eight.
Teams that possess a shaky defense and inconsistent bullpen tend to sustain their share of gut-punch losses, and the St. Louis Cardinals certainly fit that category. On their last road trip alone, the Cardinals went 4-6. Three of those losses were of the walk-off variety, and a fourth occurred Saturday when the Chicago Cubs scored three two-out runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 3-2 verdict.
Philadelphia Phillies starter Aaron Nola will try to continue a stellar series of outings when he takes the mound on Wednesday night to face the Houston Astros for the first time in his career. The Astros will be looking for a three-game sweep. The seventh overall pick of the 2014 draft, Nola was 3-5 with a 4.76 ERA back on June 16, but since then, he has been one of the game's best starters.