Brewers to Begin Road Trip by Taking Down Braves

Willie Bee

Thursday, August 9, 2018 4:35 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 4:35 PM UTC

With their lineups filled with young sluggers, the Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves open a crucial 3-game weekend series Friday night.

2018 MLB Record: 65-55-1 (+17.35 units, 1 pending)

Milwaukee at AtlantaFriday, 7:35 p.m. ET (MLB Network)Free MLB Pick: Brewers MLBest Line Offered: SportsBetting

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There should be a little bit of a playoff atmosphere in Atlanta this weekend when the Braves host the Milwaukee Brewers for a 3-game set. Friday’s lid-lifter finds Freddy Peralta (5-2, 3.54) toiling on the mound for the Brewers with Kevin Gausman (5-9, 4.47) making his Braves home debut.

Both sides finished up series with matinee performances on Thursday, the Braves taking on the Nationals in DC to close out an 8-game trip while the Brewers were completing a 6-game homestand against the Padres. Milwaukee was -160 chalk at 5Dimes, Atlanta a slight underdog at the same shop.

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.@ChristianYelich hits one high off of the scoreboard for the #Brewers 5th home run of the night! #ThisIsMyCrew

— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 9, 2018

Gausman Making 1st Career Start In Atlanta

Milwaukee trailed Chicago by a game-&-a-half in the NL Central and has been fighting a bit of a funk going 3-4 in August. Christian Yelich went into the break hot, came out even hotter and has continued his spree into August with a .333 average (10-30) and 3 HR. Peralta has been a boon to bettors in more ways than one, the Brewers winning seven of his 10 starts (+3.6 units) and cashing ‘over’ tickets five of his last six trips to the bump. The 22-year-old Dominican was outstanding against the Braves when the clubs collided at Miller Park a little more than a month ago, working six innings and allowing just a run on a -125 chalk line.

The Braves had pulled up a half-game behind Philadelphia heading into Thursday, and one reason has been the play of rookie Ronald Acuña Jr. who had registered multi-hit efforts in four of his last eight games. Gausman made his Atlanta debut last Saturday in New York, pitching well only to drop a 3-0 decision when Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler held the Braves scoreless. Friday will be a double-first for the former LSU star as he faces Milwaukee for the first time and also pops his cherry on any mound in Atlanta.

Braves & Brew Crew Even Over Last 24 Clashes

The Brewers and ‘over’ bettors came out on top in three of the four matchups with the Braves in Milwaukee in early July. Atlanta won two of three a year ago when the Brewers made their inaugural appearance at SunTrust Park, two of the finals falling short of the totals while another pushed a 9-run mark on baseball odds boards.

There is a 30%-40% chance of a stray shower popping up in The ATL on Friday, the thermometer still hovering in the muggy 80s at game time. I’m rolling with the visiting Brewers for my free MLB pick.

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