Mike Fiers (4-7, 3.83 ERA) and the Milwaukee Brewers (36-50) go up against Julio Teheran (6-4, 4.60 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves (42-42) in the last of a three-game series at Miller Park. The Braves won the last game 4-3 and Atlanta leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jul. 8 and will air on SPSO and FSN-WI.
In his most recent outing, Fiers pitched 7.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out two and walking two in a 12-1 victory over the Reds. Adam Lind (.299, 36 Rs, 15 HRs, 52 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Brewers, Teheran is 2-2 with a 1.59 ERA, 23 strikeouts and four walks. Cameron Maybin (.297, 36 Rs, 7 HRs, 40 RBIs, 15 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Milwaukee is a -145 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Brewers have a 14-18 record and overall money line at -1,217. They are 5-2 as the favorite over their last 10 games. Milwaukee has averaged 6.3 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 4.0.
Switching gears, the Braves come into this game with a win percentage of .453 when playing as the underdog (29-35) and an overall money line of +695. Atlanta is one of the top road hitting teams in the NL with an average of 9.1 hits per contest. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the Atlanta batters, who average an NL-low 6.8 strikeouts per game.
The Braves had the upper hand against the Brewers in their previous six games this season, earning a 5-1 record. The Brewers will take on a right-hander (Teheran) in this game and have a 26-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Braves will be the right-hander Fiers. They sport a 35-35 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - MIL, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Braves won by a margin of one run. The Brewers are 10-9 in one-run games. The Braves have a 17-12 record in close games.
When the Brewers play into extra innings, they have a 3-2 record. The Braves are 2-6 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Braves managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Brewers who are heading in with a 12-8 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Brewers are 6-41. The Braves have an 8-28 record when opponents outhit them.
Atlanta ranks at the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 52 this season. Milwaukee ranks in the top half at 13th with 78.
Milwaukee and Atlanta both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Milwaukee sits at 10th with 8.53 hits per game and Atlanta ranks sixth with 8.71.
Ranking 23rd, Atlanta is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.687). Milwaukee ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .698.
When the Braves allow at least one home run, they are 16-27, well-matched with the Brewers who are 22-34 when allowing at least one homer.