Zach Davies (9-4, 3.57 ERA) and Rob Whalen (1-0, 7.20 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Milwaukee Brewers (49-60) and the Atlanta Braves (41-70) at Miller Park. Action begins at 7:20 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 8 and can be seen on FSWI and FSSE.
Davies pitched 5.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking two in a 3-2 win over the Padres. Whalen went 5.0 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out five and walking four in an 8-4 win over the Pirates in his last outing. Matt Kemp (.258, 58 Rs, 24 HRs, 73 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Milwaukee is a -163 favorite against Atlanta and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. The Brewers have an overall money line of -378 and a record as the favorite of 16-13. Milwaukee leads the MLB in steals, swiping 116 bases.
In the other locker room, Atlanta is coming in with an overall money line of -672 and a disappointing record of 38-60 as the underdog. Offensively, the Braves have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 3.6 runs per game by averaging 4.9 during that stretch. Atlanta is excellent at making contact with just 7.6 strikeouts per game, ranking fourth in the NL.
The Brewers have the edge in the season series, 3-0. The Brewers have a 28-46 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Whalen takes the mound. Davies (RHP) will be on the hill against the Braves, who have a 29-43 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - MIL, O/U - Over
For the 22nd time this season, the Brewers registered at least two errors in a game.
The Brewers are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Braves have a record of 22-20 when opponents' pitchers have six strikeouts or less.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 7-47. The Brewers have an 8-49 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 30th in home runs, Atlanta has hit 70 this season. Milwaukee ranks 21st with 117 home runs.
Ranking 13th, Milwaukee is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.18 per game. Atlanta ranks in the top 10 with 8.31.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.670). Milwaukee ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .730.
When the Braves allow at least one home run, they are 16-54. When the Brewers allow one or more homers, they have a 29-45 record.