Braves vs. Brewers Series Preview

The Braves were awkward high-fiving after their second win in a row in Houston. They look to bring some of that momentum back home to Atlanta where they take on the Brewers in a weekend series.

The Braves have come home to Atlanta for the first home stand of their 2012 season. They take on the Brew Crew in a three-game set this weekend at Turner Field. After an 0-4 start, the Bravos have won two in a row and hope to retain the momentum gained in Houston this week. The Brewers come to town with a 4-3 record, after having swept the sad, sad Cubbies in a three game series. They then chose to play an additional fourth game in the series and lost to the Cubs by a score of 8-0 (thanks to commenters. major fail on my part.).

Literally a large presence in the middle of the 2011 Brewers lineup is missing this year. In the absence of Prince Fielder, the Brewers added Aramis Ramirez to the lineup, who has taken over at third for Casey McGehee. Ramirez is one of the streakier hitters in the bigs and is struggling mightily at the plate so far this season. Mat Gamel, who has primarily played third throughout his minor league career (about 200 big league ABs), will play first base this year for the big league club. We all know Braun's story, but it seems as though he isn't letting his steroid/testosterone issues affect his performance or confidence this season. He is 7-for-23 early on with three doubles and a dinger already. It seems like without the protection of Fielder, we may ultimately see Braun's numbers come back to earth from last years stellar MVP figures, but he is still of course a major offensive threat.

The Brew Crew has a solid pitching staff. They of course added K-Rod to the bullpen last season, and combined with John Axford the club effectively has two closers at the back of their bullpen. Does that sound like any other teams you follow? Gallardo and Greinke are the number one and number two starters, and though the Braves won't have to face either, they do face two lefties. Ugh.

Friday 4/13 7:35 PM

Randy Wolf

#43 / Pitcher / Milwaukee Brewers

6-0

205

L

L

Aug 22, 1976



Jair Jurrjens

#49 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-1

200

R

R

Jan 29, 1986


As I mentioned, the Braves are going to face some lefties this weekend. As much as the Braves struggled against left handed pitching last season, at least Randy Wolf doesn't exactly have the ball club figured out. He is 5-12 with a 5.28 ERA against the Braves over the course of his long career. I know that statistic has little relevance in the situation, but I find it to be a bit comforting. Maybe?

Saturday 4/14 7:10 PM


Shaun Marcum

#18 / Pitcher / Milwaukee Brewers

6-0

195

R

R

Dec 14, 1981



Mike Minor

#36 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-3

210

R

L

Dec 26, 1987


Minor got roughed up pretty good in his first start of the season after a great spring training. The Mets scored six runs (all earned) on Mike during his 5 inning outing. He also struggled with command, walking four batters on the afternoon. Shaun Marcum has only pitched against the Braves twice, holding a 2.08 ERA in those two starts.

Sunday 1:35 PM


Chris Narveson

#38 / Pitcher / Milwaukee Brewers

6-3

205

L

L

Dec 20, 1981


Brandon Beachy

#37 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-3

215

R

R

Sep 03, 1986


Narveson has also had success in limited appearances against the Braves, holding the team to two runs over twelve innings in two starts. He got the win for the Brewers against the Cubs on Tuesday. Brandon Beachy was handed a loss against the Astros on the same day, but only gave up one earned run over five innings. Remember the game where the left side of the infield just kinda collapsed? Brandon was the victim that night.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Talking Chop

You must be a member of Talking Chop to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Talking Chop. You should read them.

Join Talking Chop

You must be a member of Talking Chop to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Talking Chop. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker