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Max Fried will look to return to form in Monday’s series opener against the Brewers.

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Fresh off of a rare sweep in San Diego, the Atlanta Braves will wrap up their road trip with a three-game set in Milwaukee against the Brewers. Atlanta has surged of late going 26-10 over the last 36 games. They now lead the Washington Nationals by 7.0 games and the Philadelphia Phillies by 8.5 games in the NL East standings.

Josh Donaldson has been a big reason for the Braves’ recent success. He homered three times in the first two games of the series in San Diego. He is also hitting .292/.433/.958 with five homers in his last seven games.

The Brewers come into the series struggling. After a 13-13 month of June, they are just 3-7 in July and have slipped to 2.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central with a 48-46 record. Atlanta took two of three from Milwaukee at SunTrust Park during the middle of May.

Monday, July 15, 8:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast)

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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 look to take advantage of three extra days of rest and will look to regain his form in Monday’s series opener in Milwaukee. After a great start to the season, Fried has struggled lately. He allowed 11 hits and five runs over 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 turned in a strong performance against the Brewers back on May 17 when he allowed just two hits and struck out five over 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 get the call for the Brewers in the opener. He will be making his sixth start of the season and fourth straight since rejoining the rotation. Houser has a big arm and excelled as a reliever posting a 1.04 ERA in 14 appearances. He hasn’t 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)

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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 make Tuesday’s start in Milwaukee. After struggling early in the season, Wilson was excellent in his last start where he allowed just five hits and two runs over six innings in a win over the Phillies. Wilson has seen an uptick on his fastball velocity in his last two starts at the major league level. Atlanta returned Wilson to Gwinnett after his outing against the Phillies to keep him on a regular schedule. However he was hit hard in last Thursday’s start allowing eight hits and nine runs in just 2 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 mound Tuesday for Milwaukee and will be making his first appearance since being named as an All-Star for the National League. Woodruff entered the break pitching well having allowed a total of two runs in his last two starts. He allowed seven hits and one run over six innings last time out against the Reds. He turned in a good performance against Atlanta back on May 26 where he allowed five hits, two runs and struck out six over eight innings.

Wednesday, July 17, 2:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast, MLB Network)

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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 his sixth start for the Braves in Wednesday’s series finale. Keuchel has started to round into form over his last three starts where he has allowed a combined five runs while pitching into the seventh in each. He does so without elevated velocity and instead relies on his cutter to produce soft contact. He has allowed a lot of baserunners but has been able to minimize the damage so far. Keuchel allowed six hits and walked a season high four batters last time out against the Padres but allowed just one run over 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 turn to Chase Anderson for Wednesday’s series finale. Anderson has pitched well of late allowing two runs or less in each of his last four starts. The Brewers normally limit Anderson’s exposure often pulling him after he faces the order twice. He has gone into the sixth inning in just three of his 13 starts this season. He allowed three hits, two runs and struck out five over five in his last start against the Giants. Anderson faced the Braves back on May 18 allowing two hits, four walks and one unearned run in four innings.