Fresh off of a 5-3 road trip, the Atlanta Braves return to SunTrust Park where they will open an 11-game, 10-day homestand with a three-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. Atlanta begins a stretch where 20 of the next 27 games will be played at home which could provide them the opportunity to make a move on the division leading Phillies.
The Braves will enter play on Friday with a 62-50 record and trailing Philadelphia by just one game in the NL East standings. The series is also important for the Brewers who are are 66-52 and trail the Chicago Cubs by two games in the NL Central. If the season ended today, the Braves and Brewers would square off in the wild card matchup so this remains an important series for both teams.
Atlanta enters the series with a 28-23 record at home but are just 5-5 over their last 10. The Brewers took 3-of-4 from the Braves in Milwaukee back in early July.
Friday, August 10, 7:35 p.m. ET (Fox Sports South)
Freddy Peralta (10 GS, 5-2 W-L, 33.2 K%, 13.1 BB%, 3.54 ERA, 3.51 FIP, 4.05 xFIP)
Right-hander Freddy Peralta will get the start for the Brewers in Friday’s opener. Peralta allowed three hits and one run over six innings against the Braves back in July. He struck out six and walked three while picking up the victory. He allowed two hits and two runs over six innings in his last outing against the Rockies. Peralta has allowed three runs or less in 8 of his 10 starts this season.
Kevin Gausman (22 GS, 5-9 W-L, 19.0 K%, 6.1 BB%, 4.47 ERA, 4.55 FIP, 4.12 xFIP)
Kevin Gausman will make his first home start as a member of the Atlanta Braves on Friday. Gausman allowed six hits and three runs over five innings against the Mets in his Braves’ debut. This will be his first career start against Milwaukee.
Saturday, August 11, 7:10 p.m. ET (FS1)
Wade Miley (7 GS, 2-1 W-L, 15.4 K%, 12.6 BB%, 2.10 ERA, 3.91 FIP, 4.73 xFIP)
Wade Miley has been a pleasant surprise for the Brewers so far this season and he will be looking to keep that up on Saturday. Miley has made seven starts for Milwaukee and has yet to allow more than three earned runs in any of them. He posted a 1.57 ERA in four July starts and allowed five hits and three runs over five innings last time out against the Rockies.
Julio Teheran (22 GS, 8-7 W-L, 21.9 K%, 12.0 BB%, 4.48 ERA, 5.32 FIP, 4.81 xFIP)
The Braves will counter with right-hander Julio Teheran who continues to search for some consistency. Teheran struggled early in his last outing but recovered allowing five hits and three runs over 5 2/3 innings against the Mets. He has allowed at least three earned runs in each of his last three starts. Teheran has struggled with his control at times of late walking four batters in each of his last two starts.
Sunday, August 12, 1:35 p.m. ET (Fox Sports South)
Chase Anderson (23 GS, 7-7 W-L, 19.6 K%, 9.4 BB%, 3.81 ERA, 5.23 FIP, 4.87 xFIP)
Chase Anderson will get the call for the Brewers in the series finale on Sunday. Anderson owns a 3.81 ERA in 125 1/3 innings this season but has been hurt at times by the long ball having allowed 23 home runs. He allowed five hits and four runs over just 4 2/3 innings in his last start against San Diego. He has allowed two homers in each of his past two starts.
Sean Newcomb (22 GS, 10-5 W-L, 22.6 K%, 11.5 BB%, 3.15 ERA, 4.06 FIP, 4.31 xFIP)
Sean Newcomb will take his turn on regular rest for the Braves on Sunday. Newcomb followed up his near no-hit performance against the Dodgers with a solid outing against the Nationals earlier this week. He allowed five hits and one earned run over six innings while striking out six. He has allowed a total of three earned runs in his last three starts which spans 20 2/3 innings.
Newcomb struggled with his command in his previous start against the Brewers this season walking four in just 3 2/3 innings while allowing five hits and five runs.