Well, that wasn't the way the Braves drew up that last homestand. After taking 2 of 3 from the San Francisco Giants, the Braves dropped 3 of 5 against the New York Mets to end the 8-game homestand 4-4. Despite the first series loss of the season, the Braves are 43-31, and they are still 6 games up on the Washington Nationals.
The Brewers haven't been so fortunate. They lost a series to the Reds last weekend, which is understandable, but they're fresh off a series loss to the Astros, which is not. As of this moment, the Brewers are a surprising 29-42 and 17 games back in the NL Central.
Once an offensive juggernaut, the Brewers no longer rank in the top half of the league offensively. Part of this is because Ryan Braun has only played 57 games this season, and he'll be on the DL for the duration of this series and beyond. Aramis Ramirez - .266/.354/.424 - has done okay, but he's so bad elsewhere that he's basically been a replacement-level player (according to Wins Above Replacement). First base, which now has "Fat" Juan Francisco, and second base have been additional black holes for the Brew Crew.
There are some bright spots, however. Carlos Gomez is quietly having and MVP-caliber season as he's hitting .318/.357/.583 with 14 SB and stellar defense in center field. Jean Segura has been another pleasant surprise hitting .330/.365/.518 from the shortstop position. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy and right fielder Norichika Aoki add solid patches of offense as well, but they aren't spectacular in any way.
While the offense hasn't been very good, the pitching staff is what has doomed the Brewers, ranking 3rd-to-last in ERA. The rotation itself is 2nd-to-last in ERA as Kyle Lohse (3.68) has been arguably their best pitcher to date. Yovani Gallardo has been decent as well, but he continues to underperform the front-of-the-rotation hopes the Brewers have for him.
The bright spot of this team has actually been the bullpen, which currently ranks as the 9th best bullpen in ERA. Led by Jim Henderson and Francisco Rodriguez, the Brewers bullpen has actually been pretty good.
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Miller Park has a reputation for being a hitter's park, and the overlay basically shows you why. While it's a little longer down the lines, the gaps are much shorter than those of Turner Field. The place I wouldn't advocate hitting toward is center field, which is 405 feet deep.