Alex Wood (2-2, 3.83 ERA) and Wily Peralta (1-5, 4.32 ERA) start in the second of a four-game series between the Atlanta Braves (20-20) and the Milwaukee Brewers (15-27) at Turner Field. The Braves won the last game 10-1 and Atlanta leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:35 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 22 and can be seen on FSN-WI and SPSO.
Wood is 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA in his appearances against the Brewers, and goes up against a below-average Milwaukee offense which is batting just .226 this season. Freddie Freeman (.306, 26 Rs, 5 HRs, 21 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and two RBIs. Peralta is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA when pitching against the Braves. He is up against a quality Atlanta offense which is hitting .256 this season.
Atlanta is a -126 favorite against Milwaukee and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Braves have an overall money line of +154 and a record as the favorite of 5-5. Atlanta has gone winless in its last 10 as the favorite. Atlanta strikes out the least of any team in the NL, with only 6.3 per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, the Braves are the fourth-best team in the NL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.4 hits per game so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Milwaukee has a 11-16 record and an overall money line of -989.
The Braves have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Braves have a 17-18 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Peralta takes the mound. Wood (LHP) will be on the hill against the Brewers, who have inferior records against left-handed starting pitchers on the road and overall of 1-3 and 3-6, respectively.
Predictions: SU Winner - ATL, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Milwaukee is 6-11, while Atlanta is 8-15.
The Braves are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 10 runs. The Brewers have a 0-6 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
It looks like the Braves have a slight leg up on the Brewers, as the Braves have won their last two games while the Brewers have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 15-6. The Brewers have a 10-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, Milwaukee has earned 156 this season. Atlanta ranks 13th with 174 runs.
Ranking 26th, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 96 this season. Atlanta ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 122.
The Braves are 12-7 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Brewers are 14-10 when they hit at least one homer.