Next for Braves: St. Louis Cardinals

Series preview: vs Cardinals

When (TV): 7:35 p.m. Friday (WPCH); 1:10 p.m. Saturday (FOX); 1:35 p.m. Sunday (FSSO)

Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5

Probable starting pitchers:

Friday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (3-2, 3.57 ERA) vs. RH Chris Carpenter (0-2, 3.90)

Saturday: Braves RH Brandon Beachy (1-1, 3.68) vs. RH Jake Westbrook (2-2, 7.40)

Sunday: Braves RH Derek Lowe (2-3, 3.21) vs. LH Jaime Garcia (3-0, 2.08)

About the Braves:

• Batting: Brian McCann is hitting .688 (11-for-16) with runners in scoring position, which leads the majors. He has one home run and 13 RBIs in those situations. Chipper Jones has driven in nine runs in the past five games to surpass childhood hero Mickey Mantle in career RBI. Jones now has 1,512 and trails only Eddie Murray (1,917) for most RBIs by a switch hitter.

• Pitching: Hudson came one out from a complete game in his last start Saturday in San Francisco. He gave up only two runs on nine hits in 8 2/3 innings, before his pitch count ran to 112, including eight pitches in a strikeout of Nate Schierholtz, prompting Fredi Gonzalez to call on Craig Kimbrel. It was the first time in five starts he made it through the first inning without allowing a run.

• Miscellaneous: The Braves went 2-6 against the Cardinals last season, including 2-2 in a September series at Turner Field. Reliever Peter Moylan is eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday but will likely need more time to work his way back from bulging disc.

About the Cardinals:

• Batting: Matt Holliday leads the majors with a .429 batting average. In the seven games he missed following an emergency appendectomy, St. Louis scored 18 runs (2.6). In 16 games since his return, they’ve scored 104 runs (6.5). Albert Pujols hit only .150 with one homer and four RBIs and grounded into seven double plays in his first 10 games. He’s hit .327 with 6 homers, 14 RBIs and grounded into only two double plays in his past 14 games.

• Pitching: Remarkably, the Cardinals have lost all five of Carpenter’s starts this year. He allowed eight runs in four innings on April 12 to Arizona but otherwise has allowed two or fewer runs in four starts. Former UGA Bulldog Mitchell Boggs has taken over closing duties from Ryan Franklin, who blew four of his first five save chances.

• Miscellaneous: Pujols survived a scare with his hamstring, which he tweaked running out a groundball Sunday. He was out of the lineup Tuesday but back in Wednesday, going 1-for-4 vs. the Astros. ….Ace Adam Wainwright was lost for the season to elbow reconstruction surgery. The Braves miss the Cardinals’ hottest starter in Kyle Lohse, who is 4-1 with a 1.64 ERA.

-Carroll Rogers

32 comments Add your comment

Ball's-N-All

April 28th, 2011
2:04 pm

Stay hot BRAVES,you can beat the RED BIRDS if you play like the last 7 or 8 games….. C’mon Uggla we need you hot man..

Kevin McGlinchy

April 28th, 2011
2:04 pm

Thanks, Carroll!

Do you know which broadcasters are working the Friday and Saturday games on TV?

Ball's-N-All

April 28th, 2011
2:05 pm

Oh’ An First’…

ECU Brac

April 28th, 2011
2:18 pm

Two words for you folks…Go Braves!

phil

April 28th, 2011
2:19 pm

It’s hard today to care what the Braves do after all these deaths from the tornadoes….what a horrible tragedy. I wonder how many more F5s we have to see, rare as they are, before we learn to advise those in the path of the things to get out out of the way if they can rather than take shelter.

Anyway, the Braves had a nice trip. Proud of how they fought back and played so well after escaping LA….

Ghost of Gil Garrido

April 28th, 2011
2:23 pm

400+ comments in just over four hours over at the blog post on McDowell. I hope the Braves take care of the situation on the off-day today, otherwise it has the potential to become a real distraction in the clubhouse.

My two cents? Roger’s a damn fine coach, but that behavior is simply unacceptable. Dismiss him or severely suspend him, but please do it quickly – - it’s better for all, like pulling off a band-aid.

bbkorbel

April 28th, 2011
2:23 pm

And PLEASE fellow bloggers….NO “Roger” post on this one…please! There have been enough of those on the other blogs! “And we thank you for your support!:

Carroll Rogers

April 28th, 2011
2:55 pm

sorry Kevin, I don’t….Best guess would be Joe and Glavine since it’s Peachtree TV

bbkorbel

April 28th, 2011
2:59 pm

OK…Funny “Roger” post are fine…but PLEASE…none of those seriouse ones…please!

Kevin McGlinchy

April 28th, 2011
3:18 pm

Thanks, Carroll! Was just wondering. I appreciate it.

Richham

April 28th, 2011
3:42 pm

When someone finds Dan Uggla, have him report to FG. Biggest piece of the puzzle is MIA.

wjones

April 28th, 2011
3:51 pm

“phil

April 28th, 2011
2:19 pm
It’s hard today to care what the Braves do after all these deaths from the tornadoes….what a horrible tragedy. I wonder how many more F5s we have to see, rare as they are, before we learn to advise those in the path of the things to get out out of the way if they can rather than take shelter.

Anyway, the Braves had a nice trip. Proud of how they fought back and played so well after escaping LA….”

phil, I just don’t think it’s that easy. You surely don’t want people driving around in dangerous storms. You want them to get to the safest place possible. And if that safe place gets hit, well what can you do? You could always say they could go to a friend or relative’s house in another part of town, but who’s to say the storm couldn’t change direction, or something happens in route? I agree you take every possible precaution, don’t get yourself caught unprotected, but the storm does what it does. And sometimes if you aren’t in the path a tree gets blown over on your house.

Yesterday morning I was taking a shower at the Vitality Center in Rome. I had left the house, and no one was saying anything about dangerous situations until the afternoon. I stepped out of the shower, the lights flickered 10 times, then went out. I fortunately am a creature of habit, so I knew where I put all my clothes and stuff. I stepped out of the dressing room to find absolute havoc. I went to my car to get my cell phone, and drove down to Redmond Road, and saw all the devastation that apparently occurred in the 15 to 20 minutes I was in the locker room. Scary stuff, man.

wjones

April 28th, 2011
3:53 pm

Richham

“April 28th, 2011
3:42 pm
When someone finds Dan Uggla, have him report to FG. Biggest piece of the puzzle is MIA.”

Rumor has it that since the Braves have a day off, he and his bats scheduled an appointment with the Orkin man to check for termites.

Freddie Freeman

April 28th, 2011
3:55 pm

Freddie is ready to go DEEEEP.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 28th, 2011
4:07 pm

braves need to take care of business while at home…win the series against STL & MIL

Corky Miller's Beer Gut

April 28th, 2011
4:20 pm

Freddie Freeman

April 28th, 2011
3:55 pm
Freddie is ready to go DEEEEP

Thats what she said

matts big breakfast

April 28th, 2011
4:26 pm

Carroll what are the keys to this series

Ray Ray

April 28th, 2011
4:53 pm

Roger McDowell is listed as doubtful for this series.

Conyers Braves Fan

April 28th, 2011
5:53 pm

The McDowell issue will be properly handled by the Braves and MLB. All the bloggers can post their opinions but not a single one will infulence
any decision that are made. That is the way it should be.

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Eastern NC

April 28th, 2011
10:13 pm

Need to swap Heyward and Uggla. They need to get Heyward to hit more than just solo shots all the time. Let him bat with more men on base.

JD

April 28th, 2011
10:22 pm

Here’s a question for someone: Where did Uggla bat in the order for the Rays?

3 good games on tap this weekend, would love to be able to afford to go to one….see ya’ll on TV…

ColoradoBravesFan

April 28th, 2011
11:14 pm

JD.. UGGLA played for Marlins not the Rays.

Largo

April 28th, 2011
11:38 pm

The Braves may be in trouble with the Cardinals coming to town. The Birds are leading the league in batting. Berkman and Holliday are batting over .400, with some big home runs, and then there is Puhols who is no bargain either.

Braves traveling secretary

April 29th, 2011
1:54 am

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Just Wanna Say

April 29th, 2011
2:51 am

I think I am agreeing with most of you. If Uggla can get going, then this line-up is set. Heyward and Freeman’s averages are slowly climbing. Obviously still fluctuating, but they are rising more than falling. Heck, even Mclouth is doing better. Alex will be Alex. Uggla needs consistency though. However, Prado really needs to get that average up as well. I am not too worried about him, but still..

Fols

April 29th, 2011
11:54 am

Our pitching will keep the Cards under control……I just hope our bats continue to heat up. Usually after a good game they go completely silent….

John

April 29th, 2011
12:01 pm

Very disappointed with Roger and Derek this week. I wonder what Bobby would have to say about these situations.

David O'Brien

April 29th, 2011
12:13 pm

Very disappointed with Roger and Derek this week. I wonder what Bobby would have to say about these situations. — John

I don’t know what Bobby would’ve had to say about the McDowell allegations, but when Furcal got a DUI in 2004 (his second in four years), he was back in the lineup a day later.

John

April 29th, 2011
12:46 pm

Fair enough. This is the first time I’ve heard anything negative about Lowe or McDowell for that matter. They may have past transgressions but I can’t recall any. It just seems like it has been a long time since a Braves player or coach has been in the press for a negative reason.

Kentavo

April 29th, 2011
5:14 pm

With this circus going on, I see the Braves getting thoroughly waxed by the Red Birds this weekend.

Kentavo

April 29th, 2011
5:15 pm

And isn’t Saturday’s game on Big FOX? They’re going to have a field day with this.

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