The Braves are in Milwaukee where a pair of division leaders are set to clash Friday evening.

Atlanta has the best record in baseball and a 10.5 game lead in the East over Miami and Filthy. The Braves are 5-5 in their past 10 and have extended their lead by two games – lol! Milwaukee one of three teams to be 8-2 in their last 10 and lead the NL Central by 2.5 games.

Braves country has been waiting for Austin Riley to heat up, and boy did he heat up against the Serpientes! Riley homed four times in three days and raised his OPS by nearly 60 points in the three-game set. It’s not that Austin has sucked this summer, but we all know what he is capable of. Our fearless leader at The Braves Journal even called his shot.

Pitching match-ups

Pitching matchups for the Brewers series are as follows:

Michael Soroka (1-1, 5.40) vs. Freddy Peralta (6-7, 4.41) on Friday. On Saturday, Allan Winans (0-0, 0.00) faces Adrian Houser (3-2, 3.79). And Sunday’s series finale features Bryce Elder (7-2, 3.31) vs. Julio Teheran (2-4, 4.01).

Manager Brian Snitker said this week the Braves are counting on Maple Maddux. Atlanta needs Soroka to grab the bull by the horns and own his spot in the rotation, but we hope Peralta loses his grip, as he is 1-1 in his last five decisions.

Extension Candidate Brian Snitker

On Saturday, Winans makes his MLB debut as these division leaders are set to clash in Milwaukee. Winans is 7-3 with a 2.81 ERA at Gwinnett. Elder looks to right the ship against former Brave Teheran on Sunday. These two are mirror-images of one another, both needing to paint the black to be successful.

First pitch from American Family Field in Milwaukee is set for 8:10 ET/7:10 CT.