The Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves are both playing important baseball in August. That will continue into September as they search for the postseason. Like has been the case for the majority of this season, the Braves are battling it out with the Phillies for 1st in the NL East. There hasn’t been too much separation and it looks like we aren’t going to have a definite answer until the end of September.
There is also a wildcard up for grabs for the team who loses out on winning the division. Meanwhile, the Brewers are trying to keep pace with the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. If the postseason were to begin today, the Brewers would be playing as a wildcard. This series very well could be a preview of the play-in game. The Braves blew the Brew Crew out by a score of 10-1 on Friday, but the Brewers responded with a 4-2 win Saturday evening.
The Brewers needed the win after losing four of their last five games. It’s tough to catch up to anyone, nevermind the Cubs, when going through stretches like that. The Brewers were able to pull within a game because of the Nationals defeating the Cubs, 9-4. The Braves dropped to 6-4 in their last games after taking the loss. It looks unlikely the Nationals are coming back, so whether it’s the Braves or Phillies, it is certainly a surprise that either are going to win. The Braves went 72-90 in 2017, while the Phillies went 66-96. The Nationals aren’t dead in the water yet, but they need to get hot soon. Head below for our free Brewers vs. Braves pick and writeup.
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Atlanta Braves Pick
Chase Anderson (7-7, 3.81 ERA) vs. Sean Newcomb (10-5, 3.15 ERA)
Chase Anderson will look to make it two in a row for the Brewers on Sunday. They responded nicely after getting pushed around Friday. Anderson has pitched well for the Brewers in 2018. However, he hasn’t been able to match his career-high from a year ago. Anderson was hot, finishing with an ERA of 2.74 in 25 starts in Milwaukee. He hasn’t been able to build on it, but Anderson has still been a decent option for the Brewers in the rotation. Anderson just has to avoid pushing his ERA above 4.00. 2017 was the first year that he managed to keep his ERA under 4.00. The Braves have done an excellent job against Anderson. This lineup is hitting .342 with a .419 OBP in 38 at-bats.
The Braves will give the nod to Sean Newcomb in this matchup. In only his second year of major league baseball, Newcomb has felt comfortable this season. Note that he has been better as the season has progressed as well. That’s what you want to see from your young pitcher. He’s been on fire recently, allowing just 1 run in each of his last three outings for an ERA of 1.31 and 0.82 WHIP. He’s given up an average of only 3.3 hits per game during that stretch. If Newcomb can avoid Christian Yelich, who has gone 5-for-8 against him in his career, he should be able to navigate this lineup. Newcomb should get the Braves back on track after the loss yesterday. I’d take a look at the Braves if you are searching for a baseball pick Sunday.