The Milwaukee Brewers are one of the hottest teams in the majors right now, quietly putting up an 18-8 record. The Atlanta Braves, on the other hand, are struggling coming off of World Series championship. The Brewers are coming off a sweep of the woeful Cincinnati Reds and the Braves are showing life after splitting a four game series with the National League East-leading New York Mets.
For the time being, the Milwaukee Brewers have a comfortable three-game lead in the NL Central, and from early appearances will only have the St. Louis Cardinals to contend with in the division. They need to continue to put the pedal to the floor and create as big of a gap as they can over a team like the Cardinals. The Brewers will try to do that by knocking off the Atlanta Braves.
Pitching has been the name of the game for the Brewers. They boast a top-five pitching staff that has been dominant this season. The only glaring issue right now is the back spasms that closer Josh Hader has been experiencing, which will keep him out for an undetermined length of time. Starting pitching has really performed well and lefty Eric Lauer will look to continue that Friday night.
Hitting has not been the overall specialty of the Brewers, but they do a couple of things well. They hit the long ball and they can steal bases. That makes them dynamic, but their 17th-ranked batting average says that they have room for improvement. Look for the Brewers to score runs in bunches with the long ball this weekend.
Braves Ignite Spark
Splitting a four-game series in May doesn’t mean long-term success for a team. For the struggling Braves, playing one of the best teams in the majors and their own divisional leader, it shows some life in a team that greatly could use a morale boost.
If the Braves can continue to show life and not let the bottom fall out of their season, they could be in good shape by the end of the season. They are 6½ games behind the Mets in their division.
The bats are still not hot and the pitching staff has been average for the Braves as they try to find any ounce of momentum that they can get.
Brewers vs Braves Head-to-Head
This will be the first meeting between the two teams in 2022. In 2021, the two teams split a six-game season series 3-3, but the Braves won the Divisional Series over the Brewers in four games.
At this point in the season, with current records, the Brewers will be looking for some revenge for the Braves knocking them out of last year’s playoffs. Keep an eye on those MLB lines for the Brewers to be the favorites in this match up.
Ryan Knuppel has been writing about sports & sports betting topics online for over 15 years. He was a college basketball All-American in the early 2000's and has always had a deep understanding for sports. Ryan was the 2011 Buffalo Wild Wings National "Pickem" Winner which earned him a trip to play flag football with Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders. He was also a 2015 FanDuel.com Playboy Mansion NBA Championships Qualifier in daily fantasy sports. But his true claim to fame is the fact that he has played basketball with and against THE Michael Jordan numerous times in his life. Ryan is excited to be writing and covering sports here and would love to hear from you on social media.