3 Bold Predictions for Braves vs. Brewers NLDS Game 2

Max Fried will keep the Brewers lineup quiet in NLDS Game 2.
Max Fried will keep the Brewers lineup quiet in NLDS Game 2. / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Brewers took Game 1 from the Atlanta Braves in a narrow 2-1 victory with all of their two runs of offense coming from one swing of Rowdy Tellez’s bat. Corbin Burnes dominated on the mound, throwing six shutout innings and Adrian Houser relieved Burnes in the seventh innings to allow the only run for the Braves, a solo-shot from Joc Pederson.

Here are three bold predictions for NLDS Game 2 between Atlanta and Milwaukee.

Max Fried and Brandon Woodruff Keep the Game Scoreless Through 5

The Brewers’ lineup has been struggling for over a month now, posting the 28th-worst team batting average in the final month of the season. 

The Braves lineup has been better of late, but Woodruff has been one of the better pitchers in the National League this season, and should be able to keep this game tight early on.

Fried did not face the Brewers this season, but has been great against much more imposing offenses and should be able to hold his own. He has been able to go deep in games, recording 19 quality starts. Woodruff picked up 20 quality starts this season as well.

This series will remain a scoreless pitcher’s duel until the sixth inning.

WynnBET Sportsbook currently has the first five innings total runs set at 2.5 (Over -240/Under +175), presenting a great value on the under.

The Braves’ Offense Tees Off on the Brewers' Bullpen

For all of the publicity that Milwaukee’s bullpen receives, they still recorded just a 4.02 ERA this season. The Braves actually recorded a better team bullpen ERA of 3.97. 

Also, Brewers reliever Devin Williams is not pitching because he will have surgery on his hand for punching a wall. Awesome.

Milwaukee’s relief ace, Josh Hader, already made an appearance in Game 1 and the bullpen saw a two-inning outing from usual-starter Adrian Houser.

Atlanta’s lineup, with Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley, Jorge Soler, Adam Duvall, etc., will put up a big run total after Woodruff is pulled by manager Craig Counsell.

The Braves offense should get them a win tonight and WynnBET Sportsbook currently has Atlanta as +111 underdogs.

The Braves Will Shutout the Brewers

As I mentioned earlier, Milwaukee’s lineup is scuffling, and both of its runs in Game 1 came from one swing of the bat. They won’t be so lucky in Game 2.

In the last seven games played, Brewers catcher Omar Narvaez is 3-for-27 (.111), shortstop Willy Adames is 6-for-27 is 6-for-27 (.222), and outfielder Avisail Garcia is 2-for-20 (.100). These are bats that helped Milwaukee win the NL Central and now they’ve gone cold when it matters most.

WynnBET Sportsbook has the Brewers total runs set at 3.5 (Over -120/Under -110).

Atlanta will get the shutout, but it’ll be the Brewers lineup that should be credited for the goose eggs.

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