Series Preview: Braves (28-23) @ Brewers (24-27)

The Brewers return home for a 9-game homestand, starting out with their first series against Atlanta. The Brewers took only 2 of 7 against the Braves in ’07. The Braves currently lead the NL in BA at .283, while the Brewers are 14th at .250; the Braves also have the 2nd lowest ERA in the NL with a 3.61 mark, while the Brewers are 12th with a 4.53 ERA.
Pitching Probables:
Tuesday, 5/27, 7:05 p.m. CT: RHP Tim Hudson (7-3, 2.97) vs. RHP Dave Bush (1-5, 6.56)
Wednesday, 5/28, 7:05 p.m. CT: LHP Jo-Jo Reyes (2-2, 5.84) vs. RHP Jeff Suppan (2-4, 4.47)
Thursday, 5/29, 12:05 p.m. CT: RHP Jorge Campillo (1-0, 0.86) vs. RHP Seth McClung (2-1, 3.55)
Things to look for:
1. Can Dave Bush keep pace with Tim Hudson on Tuesday night, as Hudson has returned to his former dominating self, going 7+ innings in 4 of his last 5 starts, and only allowing 2 earned runs in his last start against the Mets?
2. Can the Brewers’ pitching staff cool down Braves’ third baseman Chipper Jones and his NL leading .416 BA? (Luckily, the Brewers are starting three right-handers…against which Chipper is only hitting .406…).
3. Can Seth McClung outduel Jorge Campillo, who hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 5 games, including 2 starts?
4. Can the Brewers’ bats continue to be as hot as they were over the past 7 days, e.g. Gabe Kapler (.444 BA), Bill Hall (.438 BA), Mike Cameron (.355 BA), Jason Kendall (.318 BA), Corey Hart (.310 BA, 4 HR’s, 7 RBI’s, 7 runs), Prince Fielder (.300 BA), and Rickie Weeks (.286 BA, 2 HR’s, 6 runs)?

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