Fresh from a rare sweep in San Diego, the Atlanta Braves will end their trip with a three-game game in Milwaukee against the Brewers. Atlanta has increased in the last 36 games in the last 36 matches. They now lead the Washington Nationals with games of 7.0 and the Philadelphia Phillies with 8.5 games in the East classification of the National League.
Josh Donaldson has been red-hot for the Braves lately. He made three homers in the first two games of the series in San Diego. He is hitting .292 / .433 / .958 with five homers in his last seven games.
The Brewers enter the series fighting. After a month of June 13-13, they are only 3-7 in July and have slipped to 2.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs in the Central NL with a record of 48-46. Atlanta took two of three from Milwaukee at SunTrust Park in mid-May.
Monday, July 15, 8:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast)
Max Fried (2019: 20 G, 18 GS, 98.2 IP, 22.8 K%, 6.8 BB%, 4.29 ERA, 3.92 FIP, 3.43 xFIP, 96 ERA-)
Max Fried will take advantage of the three additional days of rest and will recover his form in the first game of Monday's series in Milwaukee. After a great start to the season, Fried has had problems lately. He allowed 11 hits and five runs in five innings in his last outing against the Marlins. Since June 1, Fried has allowed 25 earned runs in 36 2/3 innings (6.14 ERA). He made a solid performance against the Brewers on May 17, when he allowed just two hits and struck out five in six shutout innings.
Adrian Houser (2019: 19 G, 5 GS, 42.2 IP, 26.0 K%, 10.5 BB%, 4.01 ERA, 4.23 FIP, 3.65 xFIP, 90 ERA-)
Adrian Houser will receive the call of the Brewers in the first game. He will make his sixth start of the season and the fourth consecutive since he rejoined the rotation. Houser has a great arm and stood out as a reliever with a 1.04 ERA in 14 appearances. He has not been as fortunate as a starter, where he has allowed 16 earned runs in 17 innings (8.47 ERA). He was hit hard in his last start, allowing seven hits and five runs in just four innings against the Pirates.
Tuesday, July 16, 8:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast)
Bryse Wilson (2019: 4 G, 3 GS, 23.4 K%, 10.9 BB%, 6.14 ERA, 5.25 FIP, 4.74 xFIP, 138 ERA-)
The Braves will promote right-hander Bryse Wilson in time to start Tuesday in Milwaukee. After struggling early in the season, Wilson was excellent in his last start, allowing only five hits and two runs in six innings in a victory over the Phillies. Wilson has seen an increase in the speed of his fastball in his last two starts in the Major Leagues. Atlanta returned Wilson to Gwinnett after his departure against the Phillies to keep him on a regular schedule. However, he was hit hard at the start of last Thursday allowing eight hits and nine runs in only 2/3 innings against Charlotte.
Brandon Woodruff (2019: 18 GS, 108.0 IP, 28.8 K%, 5.7 BB%, 3.67 ERA, 2.91 FIP, 3.32 xFIP, 82 ERA-)
Brandon Woodruff will be on the Milwaukee mound and will make his first appearance since being named an All-Star for the National League. Woodruff entered the pause throwing well having allowed a total of two runs in his last two starts. He allowed seven hits and one run in six innings last time against the Reds. He made a good performance against Atlanta on May 26, where he allowed five hits, two runs and struck out six in eight innings.
Wednesday, July 17, 2:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast, MLB Network)
Dallas Keuchel (2019: 5 GS, 32.0 IP, 12.5 K%, 7.4 BB%, 3.09 ERA, 4.89 FIP, 4.49 xFIP, 69 ERA-)
Dallas Keuchel will make its sixth start for the Braves in the final of Wednesday's series. Keuchel has started rounds throughout his last three starts, where he has allowed five combined runs while throwing the seventh in each. It does this without increasing the speed and, instead, relies on its cutter to produce a smooth contact. It has allowed many base runners, but so far has been able to minimize the damage. Keuchel allowed six hits and walked to a season high with four batters the last time against the Padres, but allowed only one run in seven innings.
Chase Anderson (2019: 18 G, 13 GS, 71.2 IP, 23.5 K%, 7.5 BB%, 4.27 ERA, 4.32 FIP, 4.63 xFIP, 96 ERA-)
Milwaukee will go to Chase Anderson for the end of Wednesday's series. Anderson has thrown well lately allowing two runs or less in each of his last four starts. The Brewers normally limit Anderson's exposure by often pulling him after he faces the order twice. He entered the sixth in just three of his 13 starts this season. He allowed three hits, two runs and struck out five out of five in his last start against the Giants. Anderson faced the Braves on May 18, allowing two hits, four walks and an unearned run in four innings.