|MILWAUKEE BREWERS||ATLANTA BRAVES|
|Carlos Gomez - CF||Jason Heyward - RF|
|Scooter Gennett - 2B||Justin Upton - LF|
|Ryan Braun - RF||Freddie Freeman - 1B|
|Jonathan Lucroy - C||Evan Gattis - C|
|Lyle Overbay - 1B||Chris Johnson - 3B|
|Jean Segura - SS||B.J. Upton - CF|
|Khris Davis - LF||A. Simmons - SS|
|Jeff Bianchi - 3B||Ramiro Pena - 2B|
|Yovani Gallardo - RHP||Julio Teheran - RHP|
One day after putting out their best possible lineup and failing to do much of anything, the Brewers are back with the same 'ol, same 'ol.
That means Scooter Gennett is back in the lineup despite two hits in his last seven games and Rickie Weeks being maybe the hottest hitter on the team in May. It also means Lyle Overbay is back at first base while Jonathan Lucroy goes back behind the plate and Martin Maldonado -- after perhaps the worst game of his career -- sits the bench.
It's even worse than the old standard: With the Brewers facing a tough right hander, Jeff Bianchi will start at third base with Mark Reynolds out of the lineup. That's despite Reynolds' 416 SLG% against righties being higher than Bianchi's overall OPS. Reynolds' 698 OPS against righties in 2014 is over 150 points higher than Bianchi's career OPS against righties. Though, I guess to be fair, Reynolds has just one hit over the past week. I'd still likely take that over whatever Bianchi would provide.
Meanwhile, this should be a doozy of a pitching matchup
I emphasize should because I feel like anytime I've said a pitcher should or shouldn't be good, they go out and do the opposite. Julio Teheran is pitching like the top prospect he was with a 2.20 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over his first nine starts. He has 46 strikeouts to just 16 walks. Yovani Gallardo has been no slouch himself, with a 3.07 ERA. His May has not gone so well, however, with 11 earned runs in 18 innings and an opponent OPS of 713. Hopefully he turns things around tonight.