After the Atlanta Braves play their first six games on the road, they will come home to face a division champion and one of their biggest rivals.
The Braves will play their home opener on April 13 against the National League Central champion Milwaukee Brewers, featuring reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun. Atlanta went 5-3 against Milwaukee in 2011, including a four-game home sweep in early May to put them over the .500 hump for good for the rest of the season.
Milwaukee also took three of four from the Braves in early April in some low-scoring affairs. The Brewers won the NL Central by six games over the St. Louis Cardinals, but may have a different look next season, depending on where Prince Fielder ends up.
The New York Mets, on the other hand, proved trickier for the Braves to figure out. The Braves mustered only a 9-9 record against a team that finished eight games under .500 and fourth in the NL East. The Mets also outscored the Braves 83-68 in those 18 contests, partially due to four home runs hit off Tommy Hanson in his last start of the season on Aug. 6.
New York also helped bury the Braves in their September collapse by taking two out of three games from Atlanta at Turner Field from Sept. 16-18, including a 12-2 beatdown of Derek Lowe in the series opener.Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, New York Mets