Atlanta Braves vs Milwaukee Brewers MLB Pick – July 17th

The MLB is set up with a total of fifteen games up on the board for Wednesday night. One of those matchups will be between the Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers. These two teams are in race for playoff spots, which should help lead to a tightly contested final game of the series on July 17. This game will start at around 2:10 PM Eastern time on Wednesday.

Atlanta has earned a record of 58-38 to this point in the season, which has them in the first place of the NL East. The Braves have a comfortable lead in their division but will look to try and create more distance with another win. Atlanta has been able to win eight of their last ten games. The Braves are currently 4-1 on this road trip and will look to add another win on Wednesday afternoon.

The Brewers have a record of 49-47 to this point in the season, which has them in second place of the NL Central. The NL Central is still wide open, with the Chicago Cubs only up two and a half games on Milwaukee for the top spot. The Brewers have stumbled a bit as of late, losing eight of their last eleven games. Milwaukee will look to build off their last win with another win at home against the Braves.

These two teams are both battling it out in their division for a playoff spot to this point in the season. Atlanta is sitting on a lead that they want to continue to grow, while the Brewers are trying to catch the Cubs, while also avoiding the St. Louis Cardinals from catching them. This should help lead to a great game on Wednesday afternoon.

Previous Matchups

The Braves and the Brewers played in a series in Atlanta back on May 17-19. Dansby Swanson, Josh Donaldson, and Tyler Flowers all homered in the bottom of the sixth of the first game in route to a nine-run inning and a 12-8 win. The second game was much closer, but a walk-off home run from Freddie Freeman in the tenth inning gave the Braves a 4-3 win. The third game was filled with home runs. Freeman and Ronald Acuna Jr. each had one for Atlanta, but homers by Christian Yelich, Keston Hiura, and Ben Gamel gave Milwaukee a 3-2 win in the tenth.

The first game of this series was another good one. Freddie Freeman got it started with a three-run home run in the top of the fourth. The Brewers scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth including a solo home run for Ryan Braun, but it was not enough. Max Fried got the win as he pitched five innings, allowing only three hits as the Braves won 4-2.

Unlike the first game of this series, the second game of this series was not a close one. The Brewers jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back. Christian Yelich hit a grand slam to really show the dominance as Milwaukee won 13-1. Brandon Woodruff got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, only allowing five hits and one run.

Atlanta holds a 3-2 lead on the season series between these two teams this season. The Braves got dominated in their last game and will look to bounce back on Wednesday afternoon. Overall, these two teams have matched well with each other to this point in the season, which should help lead to a good finale of this series.

Batting

The Braves bats have been some of the best in the league this season. Freddie Freeman has earned 112 hits, 25 home runs, 74 RBI’s and an OPS of .970. Ronald Acuna Jr. has 110 hits, 23 home runs, 55 RBI’s and an OPS of .882. Ozzie Albies has 108 hits and 14 home runs. Josh Donaldson has earned 21 home runs, while Dansby Swanson and Austin Riley have 17 and 16 home runs respectively.

Christian Yelich has been having another great season. Yelich has put up 108 hits, 33 home runs, 72 RBI’s and an OPS of 1.136. Mike Moustakas has earned 92 hits, 25 home runs and 55 RBI’s. Lorenzo Cain has 92 hits and 33 RBI’s. Yasmani Grandal has 19 home runs, while Ryan Braun and Eric Thames both have 13 home runs this season.

These two teams have been doing a solid job at hitting this season, but the Braves have been a bit better overall. Atlanta’s entire lineup poses problems to opposing teams and it has been a huge reason why they are off to such a good start this season. The Braves struggled a bit last night, but they will look to bounce back with a better performance on Wednesday afternoon.

Pitchers

Dallas Keuchel will get the start on the mound for Wednesday afternoon. Keuchel has gone 3-2 through five starts this season. He has earned an ERA of 3.09 and a WHIP of 1.313. Keuchel’s last performance came against the San Diego Padres, where he allowed six hits and one run through seven innings pitched in route to his third win of the season.

Chase Anderson will start for the Brewers on Wednesday. Anderson has put up a record of 4-2 through thirteen starts and eighteen games this season. He has an ERA of 4.27 and a WHIP of 1.256 through those games. Anderson’s last game came against the San Francisco Giants, where he allowed three hits and two runs through five innings.

The Braves have had some strong performances from Keuchel since signing him late in the season. Atlanta will look for him to put up another strong performance against the Brewers on Wednesday. Anderson is coming off a solid game against the Giants and will look to build off of it for another win against the Braves.

Pick Overview

Milwaukee was able to get the better of the Braves in Tuesday night’s performance, but I believe that Atlanta could bounce back on Wednesday. The Braves have a great hitting team and the better pitcher on the mound, which could help them win the road series against the Brewers. Atlanta should be able to put up a better hitting performance after Tuesday night’s struggle.

BetOnline has the Braves listed as a -112 against the money line on Wednesday. This implies that Atlanta will win this game around 52.8 percent of the time. I believe that this is a good line for the Braves. Atlanta has an edge in this game, and I believe that they will bounce back after last night’s pounding.

My Pick
ATLANTA BRAVES
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.