Brewers @ Atlanta


Stadium08RS035.jpgAnother successful homestand for the Milwaukee Brewers sets up a key stretch of games on the road. The Crew rallied to win the final two games of the Baltimore series to cap off a 6-3 stand at Miller Park. Next up, the Braves in Atlanta, the Twins in Minneapolis, and the Dbacks in Phoenix. Ten games, 11 days versus three teams all in the playoff hunt.

There has been a lot of talk about how poorly the Crew has played on the road. A 16-21 record is nothing to be proud of but a 9-game road losing streak earlier this year buries the fact that the Brewers have actually been OK away from Miller Park when you break it down series by series. They have road series wins in Chicago (twice), New York, Cincinnatti, Pittsburgh, and Houston. Road wins have been hard to come by for all MLB teams this year and the Brewers road record is actually 6th best in the National League.

The bottom line…the Brewers are hot. Since being swept in Boston, they haven’t lost a road series and they boast the best overall record in the Major Leagues at 21-10. Can they keep it up in Atlanta?

More numbers for the Brewers/Braves series:


 

- Monday’s starter Ben Sheets is 20-6 dating back to the beginning of 2007, the best winning percentage in baseball over that time.

SheetsB08RS115.jpg- This series features some of baseball’s great young sluggers:

Most Career HR By Current MLB Players Under 25 Years Old 

1. Prince Fielder, Mil    96  (24 years, 45 days)
2. Jeff Francoeur, Atl    70  (24 years, 167 days)
3. Hanley Ramirez, Fla 62  (24 years, 183 days)
4. Brian McCann, Atl     61  (24 years, 124 days)
5. Ryan Braun, Mil        54  (24 years, 219 days)

-The Brewers have hit 45 HR over their last 22 games and 99 HR overall which ranks
third in the National League this season (Fla – 112; Phi – 104). The Brewers are
the only team in the majors to have six players with at least 10 HR this season.

- The Braves are 9-14 since they last played the Brewers on May 29.

- Braves injury report:

Chipper Jones (sore right quad) has a small tear in his right quad and he re-aggravated the injury June 20. He can pinch hit, but he can barely jog and can’t move laterally.

Yunel Escobar (strained right hip flexor) was injured in the June 20 game and is day to day. Escobar was only available to pinch hit the past two games

Mark Kotsay (back tightness) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 26 and is out indefinitely.

Matt Diaz (strained posterior cruciate ligament in left knee) went on the 15-day disabled list May 28 and is expected to be out for six weeks.

Rafael Soriano (right elbow tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 6.

Tom Glavine (flexor tendon tear in left elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list June 11. He is not expected to return until after the All-Star break.

John Smoltz (sore right shoulder) had arthroscopic surgery June 10 and will miss the remainder of the season.

 

All three games in Atlanta will be on FSN Wisconsin with producer Ryan Schaber, director Michael Oddino, Brian Mikolajek doing whatever he does…and Craig Coshun joining Rock and me on the air.  Jeff Grayson and Jeff Cirillo will be in studio.

Hope you have a great week, keep that positive energy coming.

-BA 

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