The Brewers and Braves would meet again in late July and the beginning of August. Their teams were fresh off the trade deadline.
The offense for both teams showed up again in Game 1, but the Brewers came up on top 9-5. After being down 4-0 in the bottom of the first, Milwaukee ended up with 13 hits and had home runs from Garcia, Adames and Escobar. It would be 8-4 Brewers by the end of the 4th inning.
For Game 2, both teams weren’t able to get much going for the first half of the game. But, Atlanta then attacked Milwaukee’s new relievers John Curtiss and Daniel Norris and ended up winning 5-1.
Game 3 was a classic low-scoring pitchers’ duel and the Brewers won 2-1. Willy Adames homered in the first inning and JBJ brought in a ground ball run in the fifth. Austin Riley got an RBI in the sixth with two men on base, but that was it. The Brewers won and only needed three hits to do it. It was a day the Crew needed the Braves bat to also be cold, and they luckily were.
Both of these teams can easily put up runs, but can also go cold. You could basically say the same for most teams, but the Brewers match up well with Atlanta. Both teams play well on the road, and both have plenty of offensive weapons. You could see some very low or very high scoring games during the NLDS.
The Braves now had to face off against two of the Brewers best pitchers in their next series meeting. Milwaukee was able to win the series without the best pitching performances from their aces.
Corbin Burnes took the mound on Friday, July 30th and had one of his worst outings. He only went four innings and gave up five runs and two walks. He had six strikeouts.
On Saturday, Brandon Woodruff took the mound and didn’t have the best game either. He pitched 5.1 innings and had six Ks, but gave up three runs. He would take the loss as well. On Sunday, Brett Anderson pitched well. He went almost six innings with only three hits and one earned run. Hader was able to close the door on the 2-1 victory and Anderson even got the win.
Luckily for Milwaukee, the Braves rotation didn’t do much better.
Touki Toussaint didn’t make it out of the fourth inning, and gave up seven runs. Kyle Muller pitched on Saturday and only went five innings. He would had one earned run and seven strikeouts, but didn’t give his bullpen too much rest. Milwaukee’s offense couldn’t get anything going, and the Braves basically got away with a win on Saturday. On Sunday, Charlie Morton matched with Anderson and had a solid outing. His only downside is that he gave up two runs instead of one. He went six innings, only gave up three hits and had six punch outs. The Braves had zero save opportunities the entire series.
But the MLB Playoffs are a whole new ballgame, how will the Brewers and Braves regular season stats carry over to the postseason?
While it might be a little concerning Burnes and Woodruff didn’t pitch great against Atlanta, the team stats are still in Milwaukee’s favor. The Brewers were third in team ERA and the Braves were 11th. Milwaukee was second in strikeouts while Atlanta was 14th. In all major pitching categories, The Brewers were in the Top 5-10 while the Braves were around the 15-20 range.
The Braves have the edge on offensive rankings though. They ended up 12th for batting average, and the Brewers ended up 27th (woof). Atlanta was third in home runs while the Brewers were 18th. They were closer for RBIs, with the Braves being seventh and the Brewers being 11th. Atlanta was actually near the bottom for stolen bases, but were in the middle for overall hits while Milwaukee was near the bottom again at 27.
So it was no surprise that these teams ended 3-3 against each other. The Braves have an edge on their offensive power, while Milwaukee has one of the best rotations and bullpens in baseball.
If Milwaukee can contain the bats and the starting rotation can pitch like everyone know they can, the Brewers offense can do more than enough to win these games.
And as we saw in the regular season series, they can pull out some wins even if the pitching isn’t top notch because of their depth.