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Brewers (18-26) @ Braves (12-31) Series Preview

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The first time these two teams meet is the last time the Brewers will ever play at Turner Field.

Atlanta Braves v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

Both teams have quite a lot in common this year. The Brewers play out of Milwaukee and the Braves originated in the Cream City. And this year they both are rebuilding teams. However the similarities there are only on the concept level. In practice, at the major league level, the Braves are a much worse team.

This is clearly obvious in the two teams' season records to date. The Brewers have a 5.5 game lead on the Braves. Only the Minnesota Twins have a worse record. By the way, if you're curious, the Brewers and Padres are tied for the fifth worst record. The Astros and Reds are the two other teams with worse win-loss records at the moment.

The Braves' 3.19 RS/G is the worst mark of any team right now. Their 4.84 RA/G is the sixth worst. Here they're somewhat better than the Brewers' 5.07 RA/G. But the Brewers are scoring about a run more per game (4.18 RS/G). That's given them a much better run differential than the Braves: -39 vs -71. Of course both numbers are pretty bad...

STARTING LINEUP

C: AJ Pierzynski

1B: Freddie Freeman

2B: Kelly Johnson

3B: Gordon Beckham

SS: Erick Aybar

LF: Ender Inciarte

CF: Mallex Smith

RF: Nick Markakis

ROTATION

Julio Teheran

Matthew Wisler

Mike Foltynewicz

Williams Perez

Casey Kelly

HIGH LEVERAGE RELIEVERS

Arodys Vizcaino (CL)

Jason Grilli

GAMES

Tuesday May 24, 6:10 pm - Jimmy Nelson vs Julio Teheran

Wednesday May 25, 6:10 pm - Junior Guerra vs Mike Foltynewicz

Thursday May 26, 6:10 pm - Wily Perata vs Matthew Wisler