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Slumping Atlanta Braves Offense Visits Last Place Milwaukee Brewers: Series Preview

June 21st, 2013 at 6:16 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves have had a hard time scoring runs lately, but they may be able to turn that around when they visit the Milwaukee Brewers for a three-game series at Miller Park starting Friday.

The Braves just came off losing three out of five to the New York Mets, while the Brewers have dropped three-game series to the Houston Astros and the Cincinnati Reds. Milwaukee enters with a record of 29-42 and 17 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central, while the Braves are 43-31 and have a six-game lead in the National League East.

Who's chopping:

Freddie Freeman is still swinging a hot bat to the tune of a .324 average, two homers and 14 RBIs in June.

Jason Heyward's two knocks on Thursday brought his June average to .320. He is sitting at a .219 average after ending May at .146.

Francisco Rodriguez has only saved eight games since the Brew Crew traded for him in 2011, but his next will finally be his 300th. He will be just the 25th pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the feat.

Who's flopping:

Since starting the season 13-2, the Braves have essentially played .500 baseball with a 30-29 mark since then.

After stranding 11 baserunners Thursday, the Braves' batting average with runners in scoring position is now 13th in the NL at .227.

The Brewers enter with a NL-worst 4.33 ERA.

A bruise and inflamed nerve in his thumb has landed Ryan Braun on the disabled list for the first time in his career, but he's not the only banged up Brewers power hitter. Aramis Ramirez is currently playing through a bad left knee, and Corey Hart is also on the DL.

Friday, 8:10 on Fox Sports South: Braves RH Julio Teheran (5-3, 3.36 ERA) vs RH Wily Peralta (4-8, 6.08 ERA)

Saturday, 4:10 on Fox Sports South: RH Tim Hudson (4-6, 4.17 ERA) vs RH Donovan Hand (0-0, 3.38 ERA)

Sunday, 2:10 on Fox Sports South: LH Paul Maholm (7-6, 3.57 ERA) vs RH Alfredo Figaro (1-1, 3.88 ERA)

 

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Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Freddie Freeman, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, Ryan Braun

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