The Atlanta Braves enter the final leg of their 10-game road trip on Thursday when they open a four-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers. Atlanta is 4-2 so far on the trip which began with a three-game sweep in St. Louis. They followed that up by dropping 2-of-3 to the Yankees including a 6-2 loss on Wednesday.
The Braves enter Thursday’s game with a 1.5 game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East standings.
The Brewers have battled through a rash of injuries of late particularly to their outfield core however, it appears that they are on the mend. Christian Yelich returned to the lineup on Wednesday after missing time with a sore back. Ryan Braun continues to battle similar issues while Lorenzo Cain is on the disabled list with a groin injury. Cain however appears to be nearing a return and could be activated before this weekend’s series is over.
Thursday, July 5, 8:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast, MLB Network)
Max Fried (6 G, 1-2 W-L, 2 GS, 32.9 K%, 13.7 BB%, 2.55 ERA, 4.47 FIP, 3.10 xFIP)
Max Fried will get the start in the opener and will be looking to build off of a great outing in his last start. Fried stepped in for an injured Brandon McCarthy this past weekend against the Cardinals and allowed just four hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He walked three and struck out a season-high 11. Thursday’s game will be the seventh career start of Fried’s career.
Jhoulys Chacin (18 GS, 6-3 W-L, 18.4 K%, 10.4 BB%, 3.71 ERA, 3.93 FIP, 4.74 xFIP)
The Brewers will counter with right hander Jhoulys Chacin in Thursday’s opener. Chacin has been solid for Milwaukee this season making 18 starts while posting a 3.71 ERA. He allowed four hits and one run over five innings in his last outing against the Reds. He allowed 14 runs in 33 2/3 innings in June but eight of those came in one start against the Cardinals.
Friday, July 6, 8:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports South)
Mike Foltynewicz (16 GS, 6-4 W-L, 29.5 K%, 11.0 BB%, 2.02 ERA, 3.00 FIP, 3.47 xFIP)
Mike Foltynewicz will take the ball on Friday and will be looking to put the finishing touches on an All-Star caliber first half of the season. He allowed just one hit over five shutout innings in his last start against the Cardinals. That was after he allowed just three runs total through four starts in June. Folty has allowed two earned runs or less in 15 of his 16 starts this season.
Freddy Peralta (5GS, 3-1 W-L, 37.7 K%, 11.3 BB%, 2.28 ERA, 1.99 FIP, 3.00 xFIP)
Since rejoining the rotation on June 19, Freddy Peralta has pitched well allowing just three runs over his last three starts (18 innings) All of those runs came in his last outing against the Reds.
Saturday, July 7, 4:10 p.m. ET (FS1)
Anibal Sanchez (10 G, 3-2 W-L, 9 GS, 22.2 K%, 8.3 BB%, 2.89 ERA, 4.15 FIP, 4.32 xFIP)
So far Anibal Sanchez has been able to outperform his peripherals and he will be looking to continue that trend when he takes the mound on Saturday. Sanchez allowed six hits and three runs over six innings in his last start against the Yankees. He has pitched into the sixth inning in four of his last six starts and has allowed a total of 11 runs over that span.
Brent Suter (18 G, 16 GS, 8-5 W-L, 20.1 K%, 4.6 BB%, 4.53 ERA, 4.23 FIP, 3.97 xFIP)
Left-hander Brent Suter will oppose Sanchez on Saturday and will be looking to bounce back after a couple of rough outings. Suter was tagged for nine hits and five runs in his last start against Minnesota. He has allowed 15 hits and nine earned runs over his last 11 innings.
Saturday’s game will be televised nationally on FS1 so plan accordingly.
Sunday, July 8, 2:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports South)
Sean Newcomb (17 GS, 8-3 W-L, 23.4 K%, 11.4 BB%, 3.10 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 4.11 xFIP)
Sean Newcomb will get the start in Sunday’s series finale and will be coming off the shortest outing of his career. Newcomb allowed three hits and five runs over just 2 2/3 innings against the Yankees. He struggled to grip the baseball in humid conditions in the Bronx which led to a season-high five walks. That snapped a string of six straight starts in which he had pitched into the sixth inning.
Junior Guerra (16 GS, 5-5 W-L, 24.0 K%, 9.3 BB%, 2.87 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 4.22 xFIP)
Right-hander Junior Guerra will start Sunday’s series finale for the Brewers. Guerra has been a pleasant surprise for the Brewers this season posting a 2.87 ERA in 16 starts. He is coming off of a two-hit, five shutout inning performance in his last start against the Minnesota.