Atlanta Braves (17-20, third in the NL East) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (20-18, second in the NL Central) Milwaukee; Friday, 8:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Drew Smyly (1-2, 6.12 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 22 strikeouts) Brewers: Adrian Houser (3-3, 3.44 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 31 strikeouts) BOTTOM LINE: Atlanta enters the game as losers of their last three games. The Brewers are 9-10 on their home turf.
Nolan Arenado had three hits and drove in a run as the visiting St. Louis Cardinals posted a 2-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in the rubber match of a three-game series on Thursday. Arenado's two-out single off right-hander Corbin Burnes (2-3) in the first inning scored Tommy Edman, who singled to lead off the game. Burnes set the all-time record for consecutive strikeouts without a walk, extending his run to 58 before issuing his first free pass of the season in the fifth inning.
With roughly one quarter of the season in the books, here are the three top non-deGrom candidates in an NL Cy Young field that’s so stacked, the reigning winner (Trevor Bauer) doesn’t make this ranking despite just barely falling off from his winning campaign: 1. Brandon Woodruff, Brewers For now, Woodruff gets the nod over his rotation mate Burnes, who hasn’t pitched enough innings to qualify for the statistical leaderboards due to his COVID-induced absence.