Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers
|Date & Time||Monday July 15, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
Milwaukee Brewers -105 / Atlanta Braves -115
The Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from Miller Park on Monday.
The Atlanta Braves will look to keep the momentum going after sweeping the San Diego Padres over the weekend, taking the series finale on Sunday by a final score of 4-1. Freddie Freeman had a home run and three RBIs while Nick Markakis added an RBI of his own to finish off Atlanta’s scoring as a team in the victory. Ronald Acuna Jr. went 2 for 5 while Josh Donaldson, Brian McCann and Matt Joyce each chipped in base hits as well to sum up Atlanta’s offense as a team in the win. Mike Soroka got the win to improve to 10-1 on the year after tossing seven shutout innings, giving up five hits while striking out nine in the victory. A.J. Minter closed out the 9th for his 5th save of the season. Max Fried will start game one and is 9-4 with a 4.29 ERA and 97 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fried is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA and 6 strikeouts against Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Brewers will look to rebound after losing their series finale against the San Francisco Giants by a final score of 8-3 on Sunday. Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich each had two this with an RBI with Yelich belting a solo home run, his 32nd of the season. Yasmani Grandal added an RBI of his own to round out Milwaukee’s scoring in the defeat while Eric Thames went 2 for 4 with a double. Mike Moustakas and Keston Hiura each had a base hit to round out Milwaukee’s offense as a team in the losing effort. Jhoulys Chacin gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out five over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Corbin Burnes took the loss, falling to 1-5 in relief this season. Adrian Houser will start game one and is 2-3 with a 4.01 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. This will be Houser’s first career start against Atlanta.
Atlanta is 5-1 in Fried’s last 6 road starts and 20-8 in their last 28 road games while the over is 5-1 in Fried’s last 6 starts against the NL Central. Milwaukee is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 2-7 in their last 9 series opening matchups while the over is 5-0-1 in their last 6 games overall. Atlanta is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Milwaukee.
Fried is coming off of a start in which he allowed five runs in five innings and took his first loss in over a month. The plus side though is that’s he’s been one of the more consistent starters for Atlanta this season and the Braves have picked up where they left off in the first half, playing some solid baseball and coming in red hot, winning seven of their last eight games. Something continues to look off about Milwaukee, and starting Houser isn’t the answer in my opinion, considering that four of his five starts this season have seen Houser allow at least three runs, including 11 runs in 11 innings over his last three starts. Numbers like that won’t fly given how well the Braves are swinging the bats right now, so I think Atlanta and the low line has to be the play here on Monday.