Milwaukee Brewers vs. Atlanta Braves: Live Game 2 Thread!


Alex Wood. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Wood. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

 

After a season opening loss yesterday to the Braves, the team now will attempt to pick up its first victory of the 2014 behind the left-hand arm of 2nd-year starter Alex Wood. The game , which starts at 8:10 pm Eastern, will be shown on SportsSouth, and can be listened to along the Braves Radio Network, airing from the team’s flagship 680 The Fan in Atlanta.

Alex Wood got the nod for the team’s second game of the season as a result of injuries to key members of the pitching staff, but he is ready and excited for the opportunity.

 

“I’m excited, because I feel like there are a lot more expectations for me this year,” Wood said. “I like the expectations, because I feel like that is what keeps you focused.

 

Wood has only faced the Brewers hitters in relief appearances he picked up last season, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings while gaining 4 strikeouts. As a starter last season, he was terrific, posting the best FIP (min 50 IP) and K/9 among Braves starters. He followed that up with a terrific spring, and is poised to follow rotation-mate Julio Teheran in putting together a solid first outing. Alex Wood sports a four-seam sinker which he is eager to throw, along with a exceptional changeup which he utilizes when he is ahead. His third pitch is a slurvy-curveball, which needs refining, but has great potential (shown especially in spring). So far in his career, he has saved this pitch for left-hand batters who go down in the count.

 

His results (via Brooks Baseball Pitch f/x): Wood Pitch fx

 

Meanwhile, the Braves face Kyle Lohse, who has posted solid numbers for the Brewers since joining the team in 2013. The now 35-year old RHP has collected three straight seasons with an ERA under 3.40 and 30+ starts per season. Outside of Ryan Doumit (who will not be starting), the Brewers starter has held his own against the Braves batters, shown here (via B-Ref). His repertoire consists mostly of a sinker (thrown with a two-seam grip) and slider, with the occasional vulcan-grip changeup (mainly to left-handed batters). He has two other offerings, a curveball and four-seamer, which he also reserves to throw against left-handed batters if he gets ahead in the count.

 

His Results (via Brooks Baseball Pitch f/x): Lohse Pitch fx

Lineups

 

4/1 @Braves lineup vs. MIL: Heyward RF B. Upton CF Freeman 1B Johnson 3B J. Upton LF Uggla 2B Gattis C Simmons SS Wood P

 

4/1 @Brewers lineup vs. ATL: Gomez CF Segura SS Braun RF Ramirez 3B Lucroy C Davis LF Overbay 1B Gennett 2B Gallardo P

 

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  • Ryan Cothran

    Uggla has been right on some balls tonight. I see a change in approach for Dang. BJ…not so much. Good seeing Gattis getting on the hit train.

  • Ryan Cothran

    That looked like the Pena I thought we were getting last year.

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      I think he’s better than NY allowed him to be.

      • Lee Trocinski

        He didn’t hit in the minors either. Maybe he pulled an Andres Torres, but doubtful.

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          A man can dream.

      • Ryan Cothran

        He got more ABs with the yanks than what he got with the Braves…granted he got injured. As lee stated, his .650 career OPS in the minors is always looming in the back of my mind.

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          True, but what I mean is that he began to show some signs of improvement when NY felt like they had seen enough.

          • Ryan Cothran

            That may very well be true. He sure looked good this Spring.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ Julien Benjamin

    Kimbrel time, let’s go home!

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Here’s a prediction that will make fans hate me. Craig has TJ within the next two years

    • Lee Trocinski

      I’ll co-sign that to spare you some scorn.

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ Julien Benjamin

      I can see that happening, and it makes me sad to think of it. BUt he’s definitely at risk for it. That’s partially why I don’t like the extension totally.

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Yes, his mechanics make him a risk, in spite of being a closer.

    • Ryan Cothran

      With only 2 pitches, I’m not that worried about TJ for him quite yet.

  • fireboss

    Siddown Ricky

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Anyone figure out the Weeks mystery yet? haha

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Ryan how’s the new business going man?

  • fireboss

    BNrain Wilson ion the DL with elbow issue.. who besides me isnl;t surprised

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Legend in his own mind, and no I’m not at all surprised. TJ was like a demon hovering over his bed too.

      • fireboss

        another TJ2 guy. He’ll do a Rijo and go for three

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          Sorry but I cannot stand him. Went to a home game against Giants last year, and the guy was horse playing in the outfield, making a fool of himself, and dug out this HUGE divot with his cleat that took the grounds crew 10 minutes to repair.

          • fireboss

            Yea he has no filter and less couth. He does a lot for Vets though and a lot of charity work. So not a pure jerk just a weird mind

          • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

            Yeah people think I dont like his looks. NOthing to do with it. It’s his bravado and swag. I hate swag. But you’re right, he’s probably a fun guy and cares. Just glad he’s not a Brave.

  • Ryan Cothran

    Good win, boys! Kimbrel looked better than he has all spring!

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ Julien Benjamin

    “the team now will attempt to pick up its first victory of the 2014 behind the left-hand arm of 2nd-year starter Alex Wood. ”

    And we got it!

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Unfortunately, we have Harang tomorrow. Color me skeptical

  • Ryan Cothran

    Worked again tonight…very busy…I don’t like being that busy.

  • Ryan Cothran

    Good night all!

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Nite man. Don’t work too hard. You’re young. Pace yourself.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Well, nite all. Thanks for coming and making it lively! Go Braves!

  • fireboss

    And teh blue Jays signed Juan Franciso. . . yep last place

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Glad we didn’t. Tired of Fan Juan jokes ;)