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National League Central and NL East clash head on Friday night as the Milwaukee Brewers head into Truist Park to host the Atlanta Braves for a weekend of three games. The Brewers won their series against Pittsburgh, while Atlanta shared their series with New York. For Friday’s competition, Milwaukee gives the start to right-handers Corbin is burning while Atlanta will have the right hand Touki Toussaint starts.
Breweries control the center
Since Cincinnati played much better baseball lately, you would think that Milwaukee would be a little scared of the possibility that they might lose first place. Other than that, they are not scared, and they probably do not have to be. After winning 12-0 and finishing a sweep of the Pirates, the Brewers moved to 61-42 on the year, seven games ahead of second-placed Reds. With Milwaukee in the driver ‘s seat at Central, as long as they stay in first, they are on their way to the playoffs. Now they take to the road where they have a decent record of 29-24.
Burnes may not show the dominant stats he had in April, but the numbers still show a damn good pitcher as he has set a record of 6-4 and a 2.12 ERA over 17 starts going with 0.90 WHIP and 146 strikeouts, fourth most and Majors. Looking at his recent starts, however, Burnes has looked magnificent beyond his last five starts, putting a 1.09 ERA across 33.1 frames. In July so far, Burnes has gone 3-0 with a 0.99 ERA in four starts and 27.1 innings of work.
Atlantas lost season?
At first glance, Atlanta’s 50-51 record does not look terrible and does not look terrible either, but it is the same team that made the NLCS last season, so to say that it has been a disappointing season, it would be a understatement. Losing one of their biggest stars in Ronald Acuna Jr. for a season-ending injury a few weeks ago only exacerbated a skewed season. On the bright side for the Braves, no one has run away with NL East yet, so they are only four games behind the Mets for first place. However, they are seven and a half fights behind San Diego for the last NL wild card.
A 25-year-old native of Florida, Toussaint has only made two starts so far this season for Atlanta, making his season debut on July 20, going 6.1 innings and allowing only one run in a 2-1 win over San Diego Padres. home. Although he lost his second start to Philadelphia, he actually hit a little better than his first outing, throwing seven innings and hitting 10 out while allowing only one run. This season, Toussaint is 1-1 with a 1.32 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP in two starts.
The Braves are 3-4 in their last 7 home games.
Breweries are 6-0 in their last 6 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Brewers are 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games.