Following a hard-fought win in the opening game of the series, fueled by the pitching of Brandon Beachy and Craig Kimbrel and the hitting of Marting Prado and Dan Uggla, the Braves look to continue gaining momentum going into Tuesday’s away game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Brewers will attempt to stem a dismal 0-4 start to the season with a victory. With a current projected record of 0-162 for the season, the Brewers need to get on track soon in order to definitively avoid being the first winless team in baseball history. (I’m worried that someone reading that last sentence may not view it entirely as a joke. It is. A stupid hyperbole-based joke, but still a joke.)
After a strong Opening Day start, Derek Lowe will be making his second start of the season. (Of note: My nickname for Lowe is “Old Dependable”, mostly because he constantly pitches six innings and give up three earned runs. It’s his favorite stat line, and a very dependable one.) In his aforementioned Opening Day start, the quality of Lowe’s pitches seemed markedly improved than Braves’ fans have come to expect from “Old Dependable”, as he pitched six shut-out innings to help secure a 2-0 win against the Nationals.
Yovani Gallardo will start the game for the Brewers. Unfortunately for Gallardo and the Brewers, Gallardo may have to pitch flawlessly to help the Brewers achieve their first victory, as the Brewers’ bullpen has struggled mightily this season. (See: Dan Uggla and Martin Prado’s tying and go-ahead home runs (respectively) against former Braves reliever Takashi Saito in the eighth inning of yesterday’s game.)
The game begins at 8:10 Eastern time, so make sure you take a nap or remain relatively rested and relaxed throughout the day. You’re going to want to be able to concentrate on “Old Dependable”, and his delivery of consistency and cool, grizzled facial hair right to your living room (or whatever room you decide to watch the game in) TV.