After a four-game split in New York and a day to rest, the Braves return to Truist Park. The Milwaukee Brewers visit Atlanta, and right now, their offense is one of the hottest in Major League Baseball. Although their offensive outburst was against the lowly Cincinnati Reds, it’s not like the Braves hung 34 runs on them in three games.
An offensive explosion by the @Brewers. pic.twitter.com/qdvj6zziBi
— MLB (@MLB) May 5, 2022
Who to watch out for
Rowdy Tellez is on an absolute tear. In the series against Cincinnati, he went 7-15 with 10 RBIs, three HR and three doubles. Getting him out will be no easy feat, and he’s not the only guy who’s been hitting well recently.
Christian Yelich has regained some of his vaunted power this season; he’s in the top 1% of MLB hitters in HardHit%, according to Baseball Savant. While his counting stats don’t necessarily reflect it, Statcast shows that Yelich is in the upper echelons of the league so far. It’s only a matter of time before he stops getting so unlucky.
Outside of those players, there are a few other notable hitters: Willy Adames and Lorenzo Cain are probably the most threatening, but they’re having slow starts to the ’22 campaign.
How does the rotation line up?
Jesse Chavez is set to open game 1, but we’ll likely see Spencer Strider get a few innings out of the pen. Max Fried is set to start Saturday, and Charlie Morton is scheduled to start Sunday. I’d prefer it if Snitker saved Morton for the Red Sox series so he can get extra rest and have an easier bounce-back opponent, but there’s a reason I’m not the manager. Hopefully, Morton builds on the momentum he built during his last couple of innings in New York.
Overall, the series will be a litmus test for this rotation: can they slow Milwaukee down?
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