The Atlanta Braves road trip continues with a stop in Milwaukee where they will open a three-game set against the Brewers. Atlanta snapped a six-game skid with back-to-back victories over the New York Mets in a weather abbreviated series in New York.
The Braves are currently 8-12 and in fourth place in the N.L. East standings. They have played 13 of their first 20 games on the road and are just 4-9 in those contests.
Milwaukee comes into the series with a 12-11 record good for second place in the N.L. Central. The Brewers are 6-8 at home and have gone 5-5 over the last 10 games.
This will be the Braves first look at Milwaukee first baseman Eric Thames who has set the league on fire in the early going with 11 home runs.
Friday, April 28, 8:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports South)
Atlanta will hand the ball to Bartolo Colon in the opener who is off to a good start so far here in 2017. Colon was tagged for 11 hits and four earned runs last time out against the Phillies but still lasted through seven innings. He is 1-2 on the season with a 4.50 ERA.
The Brewers will counter with right hander Chase Anderson who has been among the National League’s best pitchers in the early going. Anderson enters the game with a 2-0 record and a 1.13 ERA. He has allowed 19 hits and just three earned runs over his first 24 innings this season. Anderson allowed six hits and one unearned run over six innings in his last start against the Cardinals.
Saturday, April 29, 7:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports South)
Jaime Garcia will be on the mound for the Braves on Saturday. After allowing seven earned runs over his first two starts, Garcia has allowed just four over his last two outings scattering 10 hits in 12.1 innings. He’s 0-1 on the season with a 4.24 ERA. Garcia has had some success against Milwaukee in his career going 11-6 against them while posting a 2.88 ERA in 20 career starts.
Milwaukee will go with right hander Jimmy Nelson who is 1-1 with a 4.56 ERA over his first four starts. Nelson led the NL in walks last season but walked just three over his first three starts this season. However, his control issues returned in his last outing where he allowed five hits and three earned runs while walking six in just 5.1 innings against the Cardinals.
Sunday, April 30, 2:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports South)
Mike Foltynewicz will be looking to continue his string of impressive outings when he takes the mound for Atlanta in the series finale on Sunday. Foltynewicz is 0-2 with a 3.20 ERA in four games this season which includes a relief appearance where he allowed three hits and two runs. He has allowed just nine hits and three runs over his last two starts while pitching seven innings in each. He has struck out 12 over that span including a season-best nine last time out against the Phillies.
Matt Garza’s season debut was delayed a couple of weeks due to a groin injury and his first outing was mired by some shaky defense by his teammates. Garza allowed four hits and four runs over four innings in his first start against the Reds but just one of those runs was earned thanks to three errors behind him. Garza is 1-4 in his career against the Braves with a 4.65 ERA in seven career starts.