ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 05: Mike Minor #36 of the Atlanta Braves pitches to the Colorado Rockies at Turner Field on September 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Previewing this week's series between two red-hot teams.
The Atlanta Braves have won five games in a row and will make their lone trip to Milwaukee this season as they kick off a three-game series on Monday night. The Brew Crew may enter with a record of 69-71, but they've won 15 of their last 20 games since late August and are averaging more than five runs per-game in that span.
Milwaukee ranks second in the National League in runs scored, trailing only the Cardinals. They have hit the most home runs of any NL club and also rank second in all baseball of baseball in stolen bases.
The Brewers are led by Ryan Braun, who should be getting more MVP consideration than he currently is. The outfielder is hitting .314/.389/.605 this season and is among the league leaders in home runs (38) and RBIs (100). He's also tied for second on the team with 23 steals. Aramis Ramirez is having yet another fine season with a .898 OPS, while Corey Hart is hitting .275 with 27 homers and 77 RBI.
While their offense is very good, Milwaukee's pitching staff is not. Their starters this season have posted a 4.06 ERA, with the bullpen has been even worse at 4.65. If the Braves fall behind in any game this week, do not think the game is over by any means.
Start Times & Pitching Probables:
Monday, 8:10 p.m. ET - Mike Minor (8-10, 4.58 ERA) vs. Willy Peralta (1-0, 5.14 ERA)
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