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The Milwaukee Brewers look to bounce back from a loss in Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves when visiting Atlanta on Monday for Game 3. Milwaukee was defeated 3-0 in Game 2 as the Brewers collected only six hits and left eight runners on base. Milwaukee starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff suffered the loss after allowing three runs on five hits in six innings. Milwaukee will play without position player Carl Mathias and four pitchers.
Atlanta looks to win its second straight when hosting Milwaukee on Monday. The Braves were led in their Game 2 victory by starting pitcher Max Fried who threw six shutout innings while allowing only three hits and striking out nine. Austin Riley hit a solo home run for the Braves while Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies each had an RBI. Atlanta will play without position players Ronald Acuna Jr and Marcell Ozuna, as well as four pitchers.
Milwaukee Must Improve at the plate
The Milwaukee Brewers are tied in their National League Division Series 1-1 with the Atlanta Braves but through the first two games have scored a combined two runs. Milwaukee struggled at the plate all season averaging only .233 and had a slugging percentage of only .396. The numbers are worse through the first two games of the postseason for Milwaukee, as the Brewers are averaging .183 at the plate and have a .250 slugging percentage. Willy Adames has two hits in the postseason including one double to lead Milwaukee while Rowdy Tellez has a home run and Milwaukee's only two RBIs in the first two games.
Milwaukee's pitching staff continues to perform well as the Brewers have a team ERA of 2.00 and a 1.00 WHIP through the first two games of the series. Milwaukee's relievers with the exception of Adrian Houser (4.50 ERA) have not given up an earned run in the first two games. During the regular season, Milwaukee was third in team ERA and fourth in WHIP. As of the publication of this article, Milwaukee had not yet announced its starting pitcher for Monday's Game 3 against Atlanta.
Braves pitching Continues to shine
The Atlanta Braves tied their National League divisional series at 1-1 after winning Game 2 thanks to excellent pitching. Max Fried pitched six scoreless innings for Atlanta. The Braves finished the regular season with a team ERA of 3.88 and WHIP of 1.24, but have been even better in the postseason. Atlanta’s team ERA through the first two games of their Series against Milwaukee is 1.06 and the Braves’ WHIP is 0.96. Charlie Morton has a 3.00 ERA after one start for Atlanta, while the rest of the Braves pitching staff has an ERA of 0.00. Ian Anderson will start on the mound for Atlanta on Monday. This season the right-hander was 9-5 with a 3.58 ERA and 124 strikeouts..
Atlanta finished the regular season 12th in team batting average, 5th in slugging percentage and scored the eighth-most runs but have struggled through the first two games of their NLDS with Milwaukee. Austin Riley is leading the Braves with a .375 batting average. Riley and Joc Pederson have each homered in the postseason for Atlanta. However, as a team Atlanta is averaging only .175 at the plate and has a slugging percentage of only .302.
- Atlanta is 5-1 in the last six at home
- The Braves are 13-3 in the last 16
- Milwaukee is 1-5 in the last six
- The Brewers are 2-10 in the last 12 against a team