Brewers @ Braves
Here’s to a severe case of amnesia.
The Crew tries to put a 1-6 homestand behind them as they hit the road once again hoping to extend a 7-game road winning streak.
All is not lost Milwaukee, keep your chin up. The Brewers have won nine of the last 10 road games and will play the Braves, Reds, Nats, and Padres – all teams with losing records – in the next four series. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see the 5-game deficit in the NL Central get back to a manageable number two weeks from now.
This team has an impressive “bounce back” nature to it. Don’t forget, some of their best baseball has followed the most severe slumps…I expect them to do so nicely again.
Some pre-series prep for the Braves series:
Milwaukee is 4-2 against Atlanta this season, despite scoring a total of just 15 runs in the six contests.
The Brewers are 22-12 against lefthanded starters this season.
Ryan Braun needs one home run to become just the seventh player in franchise history with two 30-homer seasons – and the first player to do so in his first two seasons with the club.
In his two starts since coming off the disabled list, Jeff Suppan has given up 11 runs in 13.0 innings.
Chuck James is Friday’s scheduled starter for the Braves. It will be his first appearance in the majors since May 15. James went 4-5 with a 2.48 ERA in 14 appearances with Triple-A Richmond, earning his recall.
Casey Kotchman has gone 0-for-9 in his first two games with Atlanta.
Atlanta injury report:
Brian McCann (concussion) He might be cleared to hit Saturday but won’t catch during the Brewers series.
Tim Hudson (sore right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 24. He might require Tommy John surgery.
Tom Glavine (flexor tendon tear in left elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list June 11. He could begin a rehab assignment August 4. Glavine is hopeful that he will avoid surgery and could rejoin the Braves’ rotation following a couple minor league rehab starts.
Chipper Jones (strained left hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 24.
Matt Diaz (strained posterior cruciate ligament in left knee) went on the 15-day disabled list May 28.
John Smoltz (sore right shoulder) had arthroscopic surgery June 10 and will miss the remainder of the season.