The Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers are on the opposite sides of the baseball spectrum this season. Atlanta has a legitimate chance at going deep into the playoffs, while the Brewers have struggled without Prince Fielder and sit two games below .500 and 14.5 games back in the National League Central division. With less than a month left in the season, the Braves and Brewers will meet in a crucial three-game series in Milwaukee that the Braves can ill-afford to suffer a letdown in. What do the pitching matchups look in the second-to-last series of the year for the Braves against a non-NL East team?
Monday September 10, 8:10 p.m. ET: Mike Minor vs. Wily Peralta
Minor has been one of the best pitchers in the NL during the second half of the season, dropping his ERA from as high as 6.98 on May 26 to the 4.58 mark he is currently at. This is the Minor Atlanta was hoping to see from the beginning of the season, but at least his turnaround has shown the team that he has the potential to be a star. In his career against the Brewers, he is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA.
Peralta is 1-0 this season and has made just to appearances. The rookie has thrown just seven innings and has allowed four earned runs with four walks and four strikeouts.
Tuesday September 11, 8:10 p.m. ET: Tim Hudson vs. Marco Estrada
Despite not being as consistent as Atlanta fans are used to, Hudson has been exceptional this season. He is 14-5 with a 3.59 ERA and has limited the opposition to a .247 average. In his career against the Brewers, Hudson is 4-3 with a 3.09 ERA.
Estrada will be making his 20th start of the season and is hoping to improve on his current 2-6 record. He has pitched better than his record has shown, as his 3.99 ERA could attest to. He has made seven career appearances against the Braves and has gone 1-1 with a 7.02 ERA.
Wednesday September 12, 8:10 p.m. ET: Paul Maholm vs. Yovani Gallardo
Since joining the Braves, Maholm is 3-3 with a 3.48 ERA. Aside from a two inning performance on Sept. 2 against the Phillies where he gave up seven earned runs, he has pitched well. In his career against Milwaukee, he is 3-10 with a 4.87 ERA.
Gallardo is having another solid season for the Brewers, going 14-8 with a 3.76 ERA. He has 182 strikeouts in 179 1/3 innings this season and has won his last six decisions. Against the Braves, he is 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA in six starts.
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