Preview: NLDS Game 3 – (Series tied, 1-1): Milwaukee Brewers (1-1) at Atlanta Braves (1-1)

RHP Freddy Peralta (10-5, 2.81) vs. RHP Ian Anderson (9-5, 3.58)
Monday, October 11, 2021 – 12:07 p.m. CT – Truist Park – Atlanta, GA

MILWAUKEE BREWERS

TODAY’S GAME: Is Game 3 (1-1) of the National League Division Series vs. Atlanta…..the Brewers and Braves are meeting in the postseason for the first time ever. NLDS Roster (bold indicates not on Opening Day roster):

PITCHERS (11) – LH Aaron Ashby, RH Brad Boxberger, RH Corbin Burnes, RH Jake Cousins, RH Jandel Gustave, LH Josh Hader, RH Adrian Houser, LH Eric Lauer, RH Freddy Peralta, RH Hunter Strickland, RH Brandon Woodruff

CATCHERS (3) – Luke Maile, Omar Narváez, Manny Piña

INFIELDERS (7) – Willy Adames, Eduardo Escobar, Jace Peterson, Rowdy Tellez, Luis Urías, Daniel Vogelbach, Kolten  Wong…..OUTFIELDERS (5) – Jackie Bradley Jr., Lorenzo Cain, Avisaíl García, Tyrone Taylor, Christian Yelich

vs. BRAVES (REGULAR SEASON)
SUMMARY: Are 66-90 all-time, including 3-3 this season…..the teams are meeting in the postseason for the first time ever…..the Braves called Milwaukee home from 1953-65. at MIL: Are 34-42 all-time, going 31-32 at American Family Field and 3-10 at County Stadium…..went 1-2 this season. at ATL: Have gone 32-48 all-time, going 4-7 at Truist Park and 27-41 at Turner Field…..went 2-1 this season.

WHAT’S BREWING?

Fit to be Tied
The Brewers are tied after 2 games in a postseason series for the fourth time in franchise history.

Series Result
1982 World Series vs. StL ……Lost in 7
2011 NLCS vs. StL ………………… Lost in 6
2018 NLCS vs. LAD ……………….Lost in 7
2021 NLDS vs. Atl ………………………… TBD

Looking for Offense
Through 2 games in the NLDS, the Brewers are batting .183 (11-for-60) with 2 runs while going 0-for-8 with RISP…..their only runs came on a homer by Rowdy Tellez in Game 1….. the Brewers were shut out, 3-0, in Game 2 on Saturday, marking just the third time in franchise history that the team has been blanked in a postseason game: also Game 2 of the 1981 ALDS vs. New York (3-0) and
Game 2 of the 2020 NL Wild Card Series at Los Angeles (3-0).

Road Warriors
The Brewers went 50-31 (.617) on the road this season, including 2-1 at Atlanta from 7/30-8/1…..the Giants (53-28, .654) were the only  team in the Major Leagues with a better road record than the Brewers this season. Brew-tober The Brewers have qualified for the
postseason for the eighth time in franchise history and in four straight seasons for the first time.

Season Qualified
1981* …………….. Won AL East (2nd half)
1982 …………………………………Won AL East
2008 …………………….. Won NL Wild Card
2011 ……………………………. Won NL Central
2018 …………………………… Won NL Central
2019 …………Won Second NL Wild Card
2020………..Won Second NL Wild Card
2021 …………………………… Won NL Central
* Strike-shortened season

Franchise Postseason Results
Year Opp. Result
1981 …….NYY ….. Lost AL East Division Series
1982 ……..Cal ………………………………….. Won ALCS
StL ………………………Lost World Series
2008 ……Phi …………………………………..Lost NLDS
2011 …….. Ari …………………………………..Won NLDS
StL ………………………………….. Lost NLCS
2018 …….Col …………………………………..Won NLDS
LAD …………………………………. Lost NLCS
2019 ……Wsh………… Lost NL Wild Card Game
2020 …..LAD ……….. Lost NL Wild Card Series

Becoming a Habit
The Brewers are one of five teams that have made the postseason in at least each of the last four years, joining the Dodgers (9), Astros (5), Yankees (5) and Braves (4).

Player Postseason Career
Adames …………… .179 (15-for-84, 2hr)
Bradley ……………. .185 (12-for-65, 4hr)
Cain ………………… .277 (49-for-177, 1hr)
García ………………. .293 (17-for-58, 1hr)
Escobar ……………… .273 (3-for-11, 0hr)
Maile ……………………. .000 (0-for-1, 0hr)
Narváez ………………. .250 (1-for-4, 0hr)
Peterson ……………. .000 (0-for-0, 0hr)
Piña …………………….. .333 (3-for-9, 0hr)
Taylor …………………. .000 (0-for-7, 0hr)
Tellez …………………… .400 (2-for-5, 1hr)
Urías …………………… .500 (3-for-6, 0hr)
Vogelbach ………….. .200 (1-for-5, 0hr)
Wong …………….. .200 (21-for-105, 5hr)
Yelich ……………….. .196 (10-for-51, 2hr)

GAME 3 STARTER: #51 – RHP FREDDY PERALTA (28g, 27gs, 10-5, 2.81)

PERALTA AT A GLANCE: Freddy Peralta, 25, went 10-5 with a 2.81 ERA in 28 games / 27 starts this season…..the team went 18-9 in his starts…..he made 14 quality starts….. opponents batted .165 (84-for-510, 14hr)…..he recorded 195 strikeouts in just 144.1 innings (12.16 K/9IP)…..he was on the 10-day injured list from 8/19-9/2 with right shoulder inflammation…..Peralta was acquired from Seattle, along with RHP Carlos Herrera and RHP Daniel Missaki, for 1B Adam Lind on 12/9/15…..on 2/28/20, he signed a 5-year contract through the 2024 season with club options for 2025 and 2026.

ALL-STAR FREDDY: Peralta made his All-Star Game debut this season, striking out the side – Adolis García, J.D. Martinez and Matt  Olson in the seventh inning.

POSTSEASON CAREER: Is 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 2 relief outings (4ip, 1h, 1r, 1er, 3bb, 7k, 1hr)…..pitched in the 2018 NLCS and 2020 Wild Card Series, both against the Dodgers.

CAREER: Is 26-13 with a 3.87 ERA in 98 games / 50 starts (337ip, 145er)…..has pitched four seasons, all with the Brewers (2018-21)…..is 18-12 with a 3.99 ERA as a starter (254.2ip, 113er) and 8-1 with a 3.50 ERA in relief (82.1ip, 32er)…..notched his only career save on 7/24/19 vs. Cincinnati.

CAREER AT AMERICAN FAMILY FIELD: Is 15-6 with a 3.08 ERA in 51 games / 24 starts (178ip, 61er)…..is 5-3 with a 2.88 ERA in 16 games / 15 starts this season (84.1ip, 27er).

CAREER ON THE ROAD: Is 11-7 with a 4.75 ERA in 47 games / 26 starts (159ip, 84er)…..is 5-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 12 starts this season (60ip, 18er).

CAREER vs. BRAVES: Is 2-1 with a 4.41 ERA in 4 games / 3 starts (16.1ip, 13h, 8r, 8er, 12bb, 19k, 0hr)…..earned a win this season on 5/16 at American Family Field as he tossed 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits (1bb, 8k)…..Brewers won, 10-9.

CAREER AT THE PLATE: Is a .083 hitter (7-for-84) with 2 RBI…..has not homered…..has 1 walk and 41 strikeouts…..has 3 sacrifice bunts.

2021 AT THE PLATE: Hit .093 (4-for-43)…..had 1 walk and 22 strikeouts…..had 1 sacrifice bunt.

 

ATLANTA BRAVES

‘TODAY’S GAME: The Braves and Brewers continue their best-of-five National League Division Series today with Game 3 here in Atlanta…The Braves evened the series at one with a 3-0 win on Saturday. • The clubs split six games during the regular season, with each team taking the series in the other team’s park.

• The Braves won two-of-three games at American Family Field, May 14-16, before the Brewers won two-of-three, July 30-August 1, here in Atlanta… The Braves outscored the Brewers, 34-26, in the six games.

• The Braves have not won the season series with Milwaukee since 2017, when they went 4-2 against the Brewers…They went 3-4 in 2018 and 3-3 in 2019.

• The Braves and Brewers have never met in the postseason…The last time the Braves played a playoff game in Milwaukee was 1958, when the organization was the Milwaukee Braves and lost Game 7 of the World Series at home to the New York Yankees…Overall, the Braves franchise is 4-3 in Milwaukee during the postseason…They went 2-1 at home to win the 1957 World Series in seven games over the Yankees, before going 2-2 in losing the rematch the next season.

• RHP Ian Anderson is set to make his fifth career start in the postseason…The 23-year-old rookie made four appearances, all starts, during the 2020 playoffs, and went 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA (2 ER/18.2) and 24 strikeouts…He did not allow a run in any of his first three career playoff starts… Anderson beat the Brewers with 6.0 innings of one-run ball on May 15 in Milwaukee…He fanned four, walked four, and allowed two hits.

• RHP Freddy Peralta is set for his first ever postseason start and his third career playoff appearance…The 25-year-old righty threw 4.0
combined innings out of the bullpen in his two previous appearances, allowing one run on a solo home run…Peralta beat the Braves earlier this season with 6.0 innings of shutout baseball on May 16 in Milwaukee, improving to 2-1 with a 4.41 ERA (8 ER/16.1 IP) in four career games, three starts, against the Braves.

POSTSEASON PITCHING: The Braves tossed their 22nd career postseason shutout on Saturday, holding the Brewers to six hits to win, 3-0…The Braves had four shutouts in the playoffs last season as they advanced to the NLCS, tied for the second most ever in a single postseason.

• The 22 shutouts are the third most all time…New York – AL (32) and San Francisco (26) have more.

• Atlanta has allowed runs in just one of the 17 innings it has pitched this postseason…Rowdy Tellez hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning of Game 1.

GAME 3: The Braves are set to play their 38th Game 3 of a playoff round today, and they are 15-22 (.405) in these games…They have lost six of the last nine such games, going 1-1 in two Game 3s last season…They beat Miami in the NLDS to finish a sweep, before losing to Los Angeles in the NLCS.

• Today will be the 17th Game 3 the Braves have played with the series tied 1-1…The Braves are 5-11 (.313) in these games and have lost five of six.

• The Braves did win their last Game 3 in a series tied at 1 apiece, beating St. Louis, 3-1, in the 2019 NLDS.

• The Braves are 2-9 in series when they lose Game 3 to go down 2-1, with none of the wins coming in a division series…They went down 2-1 with a Game 3 loss in the 1996 LCS to St. Louis, before coming back to win the series in seven games…They also won the 1957 World Series with a similar Game 3 loss, rallying to beat the Yankees in seven games.

• The Braves are 2-3 in series play when winning a Game 3 after splitting the first two games…They lost the 2019 NLDS to St. Louis, the 2002 NLDS to San Francisco and the 1993 LCS with Philadelphia.

STRIKEOUTS: The Braves have fanned 24 Brewers hitters so far this series, the second highest total in franchise history in the opening two games of a postseason.

• The 2020 club struck out 28, but played 13 innings in Game 1 of the Wild Card series.

• The Braves staff finished the regular season with 1,417 strikeouts to rank in the exact middle of the 30 clubs.

AT HOME: The Braves are 8-8 in postseason Game 3s at home, losing their last such game, 15-3, to Los Angeles in the NLCS last season.

• Atlanta won five of its last six home games in the regular season, but finished 42-38 (.525) here at Truist Park this year, the worst home record of any playoff team.

• 2B Ozzie Albies hit 17 of his 30 home runs this season here, finishing with a .873 OPS in Atlanta… On the road, Albies compiled a .728 OPS this season.

WINNER: OF Eddie Rosario played in his first career postseason win on Saturday…He began his career with seven straight losses in the playoffs.

• He was with Minnesota when they lost the 2017 Wild Card to New York, and when they were swept in the 2019 NLDS by New York and the 2020 Wild Card Series by Houston…He also started in left field when Atlanta lost Game 1 of this series.

• Chicago’s Ian Happ is the only active player whose team lost each of his first seven postseason games… Happ is 0-8 in the postseason for his career

Tonight’s Starting Pitcher #36 Ian Anderson
RHP • 6-3 • 170 • 23 yrs
2021 Record: 9-5, 3.58 ERA • 2020 Record: 3-2, 1.95 ERA
vs. RHB: .235 (58-247), 6 HR • vs. LHB: .206 (47-228), 10 HR

Today’s Game
• Set to make his fifth career start in the postseason…Made four appearances, all starts, during the 2020 playoffs, and went 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA (2 ER/18.2) and 24 strikeouts.

• Did not allow a run in any of his first three career playoff starts.

• He is the first pitcher in franchise history to make three straight playoff starts and not allow a run…Anderson is one of just two pitchers in baseball history to open their postseason career with three consecutive scoreless starts of at least 4.0 innings, joining Hall-of-Famer Christy Mathewson…Mathewson pitched shutouts in Game 1, Game 3 and Game 5 of the 1905 World Series in his first three playoff starts.

• Started Game 7 of the NLCS and is the first Braves rookie to ever start a winner-take-all playoff game…Anderson started at 22 years, 169 days old, and is the sixth youngest pitcher in history to start a winner-take-all playoff game.

• He is the youngest to do so since Cleveland’s Jaret Wright started Game 7 of the 1997 World Series at 21 years, 301 days.

• Has never pitched in Game 3 in a postseason series…He pitched Game 2 of the 2021 Wild Card Series vs. Cincinnati, Game 2 of the NLDS vs. Miami and Games 2 and 7 of the NLCS vs. Los Angeles.

• His starts in the Wild Card Series and NLDS last year were both scoreless efforts…He became just the third pitcher in franchise history with back-to-back scoreless starts in the postseason…Steve Avery did so in Games 2 and 6 of the 1991 NLCS at Pittsburgh, and Lew Burdette did so in Games 5 and 7 of the 1957 World Series vs. New York.

• Anderson is the first pitcher in franchise history with multiple scoreless postseason starts in which he allowed no more than three hits and struck out at least eight after doing so in each of his first two postseason appearances… He is just the eighth pitcher in history with two such playoff starts, joining Trevor Bauer, Kevin Brown, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Cliff Lee, Pedro Martinez and Justin Verlander…No pitcher has three such starts in the playoffs.

• Has made one career start against Milwaukee, pitching on May 15 of this season at American Family Field and allowing just two hits and one run over 6.0+ innings to earn the win…Matched walks and strikeouts with four apiece.

• Carried a no-hitter through 6.0 innings before leaving after allowing two hits and one run to open the seventh…Threw a career-most 110 pitches.

• Anderson’s outing was the longest no-hit bid by a Braves starter since 2018, when Mike Foltynewicz held the Phillies hitless over his first 6.0 innings on September 22 to clinch the NL East title for Atlanta.

• Allowed 17 earned runs in the first inning this season, pitching to a 6.38 ERA and a 5.94 FIP….Threw 499 pitches, an average of 21 pitches per first inning.

• Pitched to a 2.93 ERA (34 ER/104.1 IP) in all other innings, compiling a 3.73 FIP and throwing just 16 pitches per inning.

2021 Recap
• Made 24 starts during his rookie season and went 9-5 with a 3.58 ERA (51 ER/128.1 IP) and 124 strikeouts…He entered the season ranked by MLB.com as Atlanta’s top pitching prospect, and as the Braves’ No. 2 prospect overall…He is rated as the No. 18 prospect in baseball.

• He lost prospect status in his start, April 21 at NYY, when he eclipsed 50.0 career innings in the majors…He went 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA  over six starts in his debut season last year.

• In his start, April 27, held Chicago to just one hit over 7.0 scoreless innings, walking one and striking out eight.

• He became the first pitcher in baseball’s live-ball era (since 1920) to have three starts of at least 6.0 innings and no more than one hit allowed in his first 11 games.

• Anderson held the Yankees to just one hit over 6.0 innings in his major league debut, and allowed just one hit over 7.0 shutout innings on September 20 of last season at Washington.

• Beat the Yankees in the Bronx, April 21, and beat the Mets in Flushing, 1-0, in Game 2 of a doubleheader, June 21…Anderson was born in Rexford, NY, and attended Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park.

• Anderson became the first native New Yorker to beat the Yankees and Mets in New York in the same season.

• The last native New Yorker to beat two New York teams on the road in a single season was Philadelphia’s Jim Konstanty (Strykersville) and Chicago’s Turk Lown (Brooklyn) in 1953…Both pitchers beat the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants in relief that season.

• Started on July 11 at Miami and allowed six hits, five walks and four runs over just 2.1 innings…Threw 64 pitches.

• Was placed on the Injured List on July 16 (retro to July 13) with right shoulder inflammation, and missed 39 games.

Career Recap

• Atlanta selected Anderson with the third overall pick in the 2016 draft…He was Atlanta’s highest draft selection since 1991, when the Braves took Mike Kelly second overall.