Series preview: Braves at Padres

Series preview: Braves at Padres

When (TV): 10:05 p.m. Monday-Tuesday (SPSO), 3:35 p.m. Wednesday (SPSO).

Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5

Probable starting pitchers:

Monday: Braves RH Derek Lowe (2-3, 3.25 ERA) vs. RH Dustin Moseley (0-3, 1.40)

Tuesday: Braves RH Jair Jurrjens (1-0, 0.69) vs. RH Aaron Harang (4-0, 1.88)

Wednesday: Braves RH Tommy Hanson (2-3, 3.21) vs. RH Mat Latos (0-3, 5.94)

About the Braves:

• Batting: Brian McCann has hit.404 (21-for-52) with five doubles, four homers and 20 RBI in 16 games at Petco Park, where he has a .500 on-base percentage and .731 slugging percentage… Jason Heyward is 10-for-24 (.417) with four doubles and seven RBI six games against the Padres… Chipper Jones has hit .346 with six homers and a 1.025 OPS in 22 games at Petco Park.

• Pitching: Lowe is 5-3 with a 2.75 ERA in 15 starts vs. the Padres and 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA in his past three, but last faced them in 2008. He went 7-2 with a 1.46 ERA in a nine-start stretch dating to September before giving up five runs and nine hits in three innings in Wednesday’s loss against the Dodgers…. Jair Jurrjens gave up eight runs and eight hits in 3-1/3 innings in his only start at Petco Park.

• Miscellaneous: All of McCann’s team-high 18 hits on the road have been singles, including a 10th-ining RBI hit in Sunday’s win…. Alex Gonzalez (0-for-1) is the only current Brave who’s faced Moseley…. Three of Dan Uggla’s five homers  have come in the seventh inning or later, including Sunday’s 8th-inning leadoff homer that tied the game.

About the Padres:

• Batting: Will Venable has hit .325 with five homers and a .775 slugging percentage in 11 games against the Braves… Orlando Hudson is a .340 hitter with a .938 OPS in 27 games against the Braves…. Brad Hawpe, formerly of the Colorado Rockies, has hit .284 with seven homers, 22 RBI and a .984 OPS in 36 games against the Braves.

• Pitching: Moseley has allowed two earned runs or fewer and pitched six innings or more in all four starts this season, including one or no runs allowed in three. But the padres have scored zero runs while he’s been in any game, hence his 1.40 ERA and 0-3 record. The former American Leaguer hasn’t faced the Braves… Harang has also been a victim of terrible run support while pitching at least six innings and allowing two earned runs or fewer in every start.

• Miscellaneous: The Padres entered Sunday as the worst hitting and lowest-scoring team in the NL (.214 batting average), while their pitchers had a league-leading 2.94 ERA. Before Sunday, their starters had a 5-8 record despite a league-leading 3.11 ERA…. The Padres’ .203 home batting average and four home runs at home were the second-lowest in the NL before Sunday, ahead of only the Pittsburgh Pirates in each category.

–  David O’Brien

37 comments Add your comment

richie

April 24th, 2011
10:37 pm

BravesfaninAugusta

April 24th, 2011
11:09 pm

Remarkable

April 24th, 2011
11:16 pm

The Braves are playing well, the Hawks are winning, perhaps the Falcons can draft someone who will be a starter and can help them get to the Super Bowl. Well, a guy can hope.

Mickey

April 25th, 2011
12:18 am

They should take at least 2 games from Padres. Harang can be tough, though.

Husker Tony

April 25th, 2011
12:37 am

Forget the Hawks. They will choke.

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bammmm

April 25th, 2011
8:30 am

What a great weekend for ATLANTA sports…Thanks David. Hopefully the Padres will stay cold at the plate and we can sweep another…

Geaux Braves

April 25th, 2011
9:59 am

Screw all the dirty birds! Geaux Braves!

Joshua

April 25th, 2011
11:45 am

The Braves are finally playing well, and still Dan Uggla is not producing (although you have to give him credit because his HRs so far have been pretty clutch – just need him to start doing it with runners on base). Once Uggla heats up finally, we should have a potent offense indeed to go with great pitching and what has been stellar defense. The only real problem seems to be the bench. Hinske and Hicks I like over there but I’d love to see Matt Young replaced with Wilken Ramirez. And let’s face it: Brooks Conrad has no business on the roster at this point. I’m not saying I think Ed Lucas necessarily would be a great addition, but I feel confident he can contribute more than Brooks can, as could Joe Mather. I just think that between Hicks and Hinske, plus if we add Wilken Ramirez, we would have PLENTY of HR potential off the bench – we could afford to add a guy who can field an infield position in a pinch and has get-on-base potential for when we have the pitcher spot leading off late; in short, we do not need Brooks’ power at all imo. The only real benefit he has going for him is that he seems to get the big hit – but really that just feels so fluky to me and we have not seen it at all this year.

I had the feeling all last year that Brooks was just charmed – if he could really produce like he did consistently over multiple seasons, it stands to reason the guy would’ve been playing in the major leagues for a while now. We need to get off the Brooks Conrad bandwagon before it really costs us, but I realize that is just one man’s opinion.

Joshua

April 25th, 2011
11:52 am

Speaking of Hinske, that guy has been such an amazing acquisition for us. He is so crucial to the team, Fran Wren deserves credit for bringing him in. He reminds me a lot of Brian Hunter.

Joe Braves Fan

April 25th, 2011
12:02 pm

The team needs to get on a good run and show that they can string together multiple series wins while on the road. That will take the cynicism out of a lot of peoples posts.

RHR

April 25th, 2011
12:16 pm

Dustin Moseley?

Ballgame! Potential no hitter!

NoThrow

April 25th, 2011
12:17 pm

Who gets credit for the prank played on Braves trainer yesterday ? Bet Hudson was in on it

CharlestonBrave

April 25th, 2011
12:31 pm

NoThrow…it was actually Linebrink.

David O'Brien

April 25th, 2011
12:36 pm

NoThrow: Eddie Perez is the prankster responsible for the cup-on-head gags.

the 6-4-3

April 25th, 2011
1:19 pm

huge sweep in san fran. this is a sign of things to some because:

1. Nate McLouth is hitting
2. Chipper Jones is playing like he belongs

Those were my two biggest concerns going in to spring training but both guys are playing great. great ab for nate yesterday.

other reasons for high hopes:

1. heyward and freeman are coming alive
2. beachy has looked very solid recently

i said it last week and i’ll continue to say.
PHANATICS: BRING IT ON

Fastball

April 25th, 2011
1:36 pm

Good job Nate.

2peachy

April 25th, 2011
1:46 pm

Why is Matt Young on this team!!!??????? Hasn’t shown me anything!!!

John10:10

April 25th, 2011
2:25 pm

The schedule becomes rather difficult in the next few weeks, so I hope we can add to San Diego’s misery.

Bigwheel

April 25th, 2011
2:25 pm

I hate the punk (mat latos). He feels like freaking success.

Kentavo

April 25th, 2011
2:32 pm

Matt Young is in Gwinnett.

Kentavo

April 25th, 2011
2:40 pm

These games might feature zero runs and might result in a TKO called by the umps.

smits

April 25th, 2011
3:28 pm

I added Will Venable to my fantasy lineup for this week! and this week only :)

Brian Asselstine

April 25th, 2011
3:37 pm

Speaking of Hinske, that guy has been such an amazing acquisition for us. He is so crucial to the team, Fran Wren deserves credit for bringing him in. He reminds me a lot of Brian Hunter.

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Is it because they are both black or because they are both lefties?

AdirondackDave

April 25th, 2011
3:47 pm

Brian A. — Well, this we know.. it isn’t because they are both black.

Reid in EAV

April 25th, 2011
3:52 pm

Coming out of LA I would have said that ATL is a mirror image of SD in a lot of ways (all pitching, bats MIA) but I have higher hopes now. This lineup seems to be coming around, and I am most cheered by the kind of series Prado and Heyward had in SF. If we can just get Uggla to be, well, Uggla-like, then I like our chances.

Pitchers we haven’t seen scare me, though, with good reason. Hopefully guys are reading the scouting reports, watching some tape and putting together good plans for their ABs. This series feels like a bunch of 2-1, 3-2 type games on paper but as the SF weekend showed, you play the games for a reason.

DC Braves Fan

April 25th, 2011
4:00 pm

Big series starting tonight. It would be huge to go home with a winning record from this road trip. Not counting my chickens before they hatch, though.

Mikey

April 25th, 2011
4:16 pm

Let’s take 3 from this San Deigo farm team and finish California @ 7-3…I like the new emerged patience at the plate in sweeping the World Champions

Kentavo

April 25th, 2011
4:18 pm

If they learned anything in SF it was to be patient and not hack at everything – let’s see if it carries over.

vermont 39

April 25th, 2011
4:36 pm

Those stats mean nothing each game is a one time experience….not a good time for the SD hitters to awaken!!! Wouldn’t be bad if we did though:-)

manpitt

April 25th, 2011
4:47 pm

moylan needs to get back as soon as possible because (linebrink,sherrill) both suck and i think should be let go they ave no movement on their pitches, i cringe on every pitch they throw because it can be belted for a homer
This is just a thought could we bring up one of our studs for the bullpen i mean i saw vizcaino throw 99 and teheran has 3 dirty pitches(lowe, wainwright, and others have been fine with this adjustment, ps this is mainly aimed at vizcaino)

reckingball

April 25th, 2011
5:13 pm

GO BRAVES!!!!!

Total Grace

April 25th, 2011
5:21 pm

I wonder why the braves fans can’t fill up a stadium like the high flying Hawks filled up Phillips over the weekend.

Total Grace

April 25th, 2011
5:23 pm

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Smiling Jack

April 25th, 2011
7:19 pm

The negative comments people make some times just shows so much ignorance. Braves are coming on…it’s a long season and they will be there all year long and at the end win the National League title…probably the world season! We can certainly hope for such fun to ours. Go Braves!

Fredi G.

April 25th, 2011
9:58 pm

Today I promise to stay awake during the 7th inning.

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