The Atlanta Braves continue to honor the great Hank Aaron celebrating him all weekend as they face the only other team in which he played for in the city where it began.
Whether generated or organically created, baseball has always been romantic. It’s so fitting that Hank Aaron week continues as the Atlanta Braves host the Milwaukee Brewers.
As you know, Milwaukee is where he began and ended his career — first as part of the Braves organization and then the Brewers.
Both cities and franchises love him, so it’s nice they get to honor him together this weekend.
You can learn more about some of the activities going on this weekend, and that have gone on throughout the week, as well as donate to the Henry Louis Aaron fund through this link.
Braves vs. Brewers — The NLDS Rematch
Outside of celebrating Hank, there will also be a good baseball series going on between the Braves and Brewers.
These two teams last faced off in the 2021 NLDS, which saw Freddie Freeman hit a go-ahead home run off Josh Hader, and Christian Yelich looking like a dear in headlights on a strike three call to end the game.
Freeman is gone, and Yelich is starting to look like Yelich again, but for the most part, these teams remain very similar to last year’s NLDS group.
Rowdy Tellez and Willy Adames are leading the offensive charge for the Brew Crew, but they just got back Luis Urias.
As I mentioned, Yelich has gotten hot with 5 hits in his last two games. In those games, the Brewers’ offense scored 28 runs.
And we know they can pitch. They’ll send Eric Lauer, 2021 NL Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes, and rookie Aaron Ashby to the mound.
The Saturday matchup between Burnes and Max Fried should be one of the better pitching matchups of the entire season.
It looks like the Braves will use Jesse Chavez as an opener on Friday — hopefully with Spencer Strider coming in behind him.
On Sunday Charlie Morton will look to build on the success he had over the last three innings of his previous start against the Mets.
Unlike the Braves, the Brewers have taken care of inferior competition this year going 11-1 against the Reds, Pirates, and Orioles helping them build an overall record of 18-8 entering Friday.
This will be a huge test for Atlanta, but hopefully one that will get them on track and playing good baseball more consistently. Enjoy the rest of Hank Aaron week along with this great matchup.