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Atlanta Braves vs. Milwaukee Brewers Free Pick - 9/23/13

Milwaukee Brewers (69-86) at Atlanta Braves (92-63)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)

Marco Estrada (R) (6-4) (4.263) vs. Mike Minor (L) (13-7) (3.193)

The Line: Atlanta Braves / Milwaukee Brewers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Wisconsin, SportSouth

The NL East champion Atlanta Braves host the Milwaukee Brewers in Monday night action.

Milwaukee doesn't have a thing to play for except pride and some satisfaction in knowing they beat the rival Cardinals and prevented them from inching closer to the National League Central title. The Brew Crew downed the Redbirds 6-4 Sunday night with both the arms and bats on the same page, which hasn't happened often enough. Starter Wily Peralta wasn't at his best with three runs plated on five hits and five free passes through five frames. The offense took advantage of shoddy St. Louis fielding to score three unearned runs, while five different players drove in runs. Milwaukee gives Monday's starting assignment to Marco Estrada. Estrada has a pair of no decisions the last two times out with four runs given up on six hits and four BB through 13.2 frames.

Atlanta Braves vs. Milwaukee Brewers Free Pick - 9/23/13

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As a Philadelphia fan, I tip my hat to Atlanta, who captured the National League East crown thanks to a 5-2 decision over the Cubs and that's not easy to say. The Braves now have the option of resting players and get some minor aches and pains healed for the postseason. Monday's victory is what the Bravos are capable of every time they take the field with solid pitching and hitting. Julio Teheran made short work of the Chicago offense with only a single run given up over six innings pitched. The Braves racked up 12 hits with Andrelton Simmons going deep twice with three RBI's while Freddie Freeman went solo. Left hander draws the start versus visiting Milwaukee Monday. Minor has thrown even better than his record might indicate with six quality starts in his last ten outings where he has gone 4-2 with four decisions.

The one thing to keep in mind here is that the teams that have wrapped up their division tend to be flat the next day, so I'll test that theory...

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