Next for Braves: Pittsburgh Pirates

Series preview: at Pirates

When (TV): 7:05 p.m. Tuesday (SPSO); 12:35 p.m. Wednesday (SPSO)

Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5

Probable starting pitchers:

Tuesday: Braves RH Jair Jurrjens (5-1, 1.80 ERA) vs. RH Charlie Morton (5-1, 2.62)

Wednesday: Braves LH Mike Minor (3-3, 3.71) vs. RH James McDonald (3-3, 5.51)

About the Braves:

• Batting: Joe Mather went 7-for- 12 (.583) with a home run and five RBIs in the three-game series against the Angels, including a three-run homer and game-winning double in the 12th inning Saturday. That day he became the first Braves No. 9 hitter to collect four hits and four RBIs since pitcher Lew Burdette did for the Milwaukee Braves in 1959. Freddie Freeman has had multi-hit games in three of his past four, including back-to-back two-hit games vs. his hometown Angels.

• Pitching: Jurrjens is coming off his first loss in seven starts this season after allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings in a 2-1 loss in Arizona. Jurrjens has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his seven starts in no fewer than 6 1/3 innings….Tim Hudson was scheduled to start Wednesday but will skip it with back stiffness. Minor will be recalled from Triple-A for his second major league start in 2011. He gave up five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings in an April 6 loss in Milwaukee.

• Miscellaneous: The Braves put former Pirate Nate McLouth on the disabled list Monday with a strained left oblique, one day after putting right fielder Jason Heyward on the DL with shoulder soreness. Chipper Jones is expected back in the lineup Tuesday after two days to rest his sore hamstring.

About the Pirates:

• Batting: Center fielder Andrew McCutchen is 12-for-31 (.387) in the past eight games, with three doubles, two triples a home run and five RBIs. Shortstop Ronny Cedeno is hitting .333 (20-for-60) with 10 runs scored in 19 games in May. Ryan Doumit has the most at-bats of any Pirate against Jurrjens, going 3-for-8.

• Pitching: Morton, the former Brave, is having a renaissance season after having the worst record (2-12) and ERA (7.57) among qualified starters last season. He’s already matched his career high in wins with five. He’s 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his past three starts, including a complete game victory over the Reds. All-Star reliever Evan Meek was activated from the DL after missing a month with a viral illness and calf problems.

• Miscellaneous: Third baseman Pedro Alvarez is on the DL with a quadriceps strain…The Pirates took two of three from the Braves at PNC Park last September but went 3-6 in the season series.

-Carroll Rogers

46 comments Add your comment

BRAVO_FAN52

May 23rd, 2011
8:53 pm

ARRRRRGGGGHHH sweep the Bucs

Johnny Beach

May 23rd, 2011
8:57 pm

Pitt will crush them like a grape and sweep them as this team has no “spirit”

MattyRoss

May 23rd, 2011
9:04 pm

Glad to see Charlie ironing everything out. Let’s hope this start is a bump in the road of an otherwise stellar season.

Dennis Reynolds

May 23rd, 2011
9:25 pm

Charlie Morton= next Roy Halladay

FREE CONSTANZA!!

UGASlobberknocker

May 23rd, 2011
9:40 pm

Johnny Beach…Whaaaaaaat?

Thanks for that insightful comment. Wow. How DO you do it?

Brave fan

May 23rd, 2011
9:41 pm

trades for denard span,,,hunter pence,,,matt kemp,,,carlos quentin,,,tyler colvin ,,or choone figgins

chief noc-a-homa

May 23rd, 2011
9:50 pm

what about trade Minor or Teheran and include Vizcaino or Delgado and McLouth and cash in ex change for Jose Bautista ; 3 (and cash) x 1

Bautista best power hitter in the MLB and play OF and 3B

chief noc-a-homa

May 23rd, 2011
9:53 pm

because i dont know why but i feel the motha fokers phillies can go for Jose in winter

Ash Richburn

May 23rd, 2011
10:08 pm

I tip my cap to Cheif n-a-h, but I think my Phils are already circling around Hunter Pence. Ed Wade has a weakness for his old draftees….

Ash Richburn

May 23rd, 2011
10:08 pm

Of course if I wasn’t so sleepy from watching us slap down The Reds, I’d learn to spell “chief” correctly.

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Bill

May 23rd, 2011
10:32 pm

No need to trade we got Schafer coming up and Rameriz. Plus they just signed Lugo. Now who else is cut are on waivers we can sign?

BRAVESFAN

May 23rd, 2011
10:34 pm

I see a sweep by the Pirates coming up. Good thing we got rid of that Charlie Morton guy and got Nate. It seems the Braves would be a better team if Frank Wren just did the opposite of EVERYTHING he thought of.

Brave New World

May 23rd, 2011
11:22 pm

Most of these blogs would be better if everyone wrote the opposite of what they write.

reckingball

May 24th, 2011
1:11 am

I think you are right, Brave New World.

GO BRAVES!!!!

Sean

May 24th, 2011
3:19 am

Good thing the Phils are 4-6 in their last 10, whereas the Braves are 5-5. At least the Braves are playing .500. Hopefully the Phils, even though they just “slapped down” the Reds, can turn it around. Braves are right on their tail in the standings!

Bob Horner

May 24th, 2011
5:11 am

call me up and send ugly, er ugla to rome. I weigh about 300 now , so I should be alot more impressive stricking out . I could play first. Don’t recall Mcclot, and send Heward to rome with his slugging buddy.

richbrave

May 24th, 2011
6:00 am

LEW BURDETTE

The guy that made me want to become a SPIDER. GO RICHMOND. Boy, that brings back memories.

alexander

May 24th, 2011
7:37 am

Great opportunity for schafer..
I look at our lineup and think,WHAT,anything to be excited about;anybody you would want to wear a jersey whose name is on the back;any**”stars”**,.no BUT IF WE CAN COMPETE at least we can have some fun.UGA slobbernocker: how does johnny beach do it? the same way that UGA keeps it’s FINE student athletes in school,HE EARNS IT?????

phil

May 24th, 2011
9:18 am

Charlie Morton…the name along gives me chills and makes me want to run screaming over a bed of hot coals….he was so bad in Atlanta…

Now I hear he’s pitching like Roy Halladay….great. I would say why am I not surprised, but I am, in fact, shocked. Charlie Morton?

The fact that he’s doing so well is a good thing. We’ve been hitting good starting pitching, numbers wise, this year much better than the poor variety….maybe we’ll put 7-8 on the board tonight….badly need continued hitting from FF, something from Chipper and something from a few others to counter Uggly’s almost certain 0-4….not only is Uggly horrible, he didn’t hit his weekly homerun this past week….if he can’t even do that, he’ll be history by late August….because he’ll be batting around .090….

Chuck

May 24th, 2011
9:23 am

The Braves’ injuries have actually helped them. The subs are playing well, and very few others. C’mon Uggla, stop pumping iron for a week, go opposite field on outside pitches, and only swing for the fence instead of the next county. You look bloated and inflexible at the plate.

phil

May 24th, 2011
9:26 am

Exactly on the inflexibility…..wound tighter than the right front spring on Dale, Jr’s stock car….everything about him makes me cringe….

that said, still hoping he’ll find a way to break out of it…it would relax the entire team.

PMC

May 24th, 2011
9:43 am

Can we give them half the minor league system for Andrew McCutchen? Naturally he would then come here and hit .187 in th black hole that is Turner Field.

phil

May 24th, 2011
10:14 am

.187 would be considered progress for Uggly…

Ted M

May 24th, 2011
10:20 am

Dave, do you think Fredi will bat Schafer leadoff tonight?

henry from TN

May 24th, 2011
11:32 am

this atlanta team is dead on the vine–1-6 road trip

kelly

May 24th, 2011
11:58 am

Give me a break all you Nay-sayers. We are a few games out and I have no doubt in this team.
Quit bashing, we are fine. There are ups and downs in every season.
THE BRAVES WILL BE FINE!!!!!!!!!!!!
MK

The Truth.....

May 24th, 2011
12:12 pm

Come on now….we knew coming into this season that the Braves would be lucky to make the wild card again……Could be wishful thinking this year!

Octavius

May 24th, 2011
12:45 pm

Braves total offense = Eric Hinske

phil

May 24th, 2011
12:56 pm

kelly

May 24th, 2011
11:58 am
Give me a break all you Nay-sayers. We are a few games out and I have no doubt in this team.
Quit bashing, we are fine. There are ups and downs in every season.
THE BRAVES WILL BE FINE!!!!!!!!!!!!
MK

Well, there’s stupid…and then there’s apparently Kelly, who thinks were “fine” despite abundant, nearly daily evidence to the contrary. The Cleveland Indians are “fine” right now….we aren’t. You’re yet another member of the thought police hell bent on trying to control what people want to say…give it a rest.

jeffro

May 24th, 2011
1:09 pm

Hopefully (VERY HOPEFULLY!) Shafer will take this opportunity to shine and we can make this a permanent move. Bring an end to the Goldilocks era in center field.

Brandon

May 24th, 2011
1:10 pm

charlie morton in no way is pitching like halladay. if you look deeper into his stats, you’ll see that his era is very deceptive. i say by the end of the season he’ll have an era in the mid 4’s to low 5’s.

i’d like to see a fully healthy heyward again but when will that happen? hopefully soon. a healthy heyward would be the biggest threat in the lineup.

as for uggla, he’s been hitting the ball hard the majority of the time he’s been up to the plate, but nothing to show for it. I call it BAD LUCK.

glad to see freeman picking it up again. and joe mather too.

GO BRAVES!!!

bball fan

May 24th, 2011
1:12 pm

Everyday is a mystery with the Braves. Who will be the retread to be the season changer?

phil

May 24th, 2011
1:20 pm

No, Brandon, Uggly has not been hitting the ball hard anywhere other than sometimes into foul territory. I understand wanting the team to do well, as do I, but saying Uggly is hitting the ball hard doesn’t mean he is. He clearly is not. He bounces to short or third or strikes out routinely. I noticed a high pop to the pitcher’s mound the other day as well. That is not hitting the ball hard. The guy is in a terrible funk, and that is very, very different from “bad luck”…

As for Morton, if he really stinks after your in depth look at his numbers, and I’m not saying he doesn’t, then we’re doomed tonight. He’ll retire 20 of 21 or something like that and notch himself another win….

agree as to FF and Mather…thank goodness for them helping us go 1-5 on the trip to date….i’m not being sarcastic.

Brandon

May 24th, 2011
1:21 pm

@phil – the indians are the best of the best right now. i live in ohio now so they can be my backup plan if the braves dont make it.

however, i still feel that the braves have the better team. the indians are in the zone right now and great things are happening to them. but i want to see what happens to them when they hit a losing streak(if that ever happens to them) I want to see how the team can rebound when faced with a little more adversity. on the flip side, the braves have been complete underachievers this season. i dont see anyway that their offense can play any worse. unless uggla does a mclouth and hits under 200 the whole season, im sure he’ll eventually rebound. or hopefully heyward can stop getting these dumb injuries and be the hitter he was in the first half of last season. the way i see it, somethings gotta give and im almost certain one hitter will turn it around for everybody. hopefully its heyward or uggla.

phil

May 24th, 2011
1:26 pm

Heyward might make it back since he doesn’t have quite the ABs as does Uggly…

Uggly, though, has so many ABs now that I’m guessing he’d have to go 2-4 for the next 2 months just to get back to .250….ain’t gonna happen….the guy is basically a career .260 hitter in the good years….patience and hit it where it’s pitched and he’ll be in better shape…i see no sign of that sinking into his brick of a brain either….

ChopperToChipper

May 24th, 2011
1:34 pm

What in the world does everyone see in Hunter Pence? He is an awkward version of Frenchy. No thanks. Don’t see the man crush everyone seems to have on him.

Mark's for the Braves

May 24th, 2011
1:52 pm

I noticed on the AtlantaBraves.com site the starting lineup for the Braves for All-Star voting. Are you kidding me? May be McCann possibly Chipper as a courtesy vote and Prado if he really starts hitting, but Freeman, McClouth, Heyward, Gonzalez and Uggla– I wouldn’t vote for right now and I’m a huge Braves fan.

jch

May 24th, 2011
2:29 pm

Chipper has been out with hamstring soreness?? I thought it was his knee, or did I miss a day?

Fols

May 24th, 2011
2:37 pm

JJ is in……….we got this one. Whenever things look their worst and everyone comes on here to complain, we seem to win a few. This is just an odd team. To think if Kimbrel closed out his games we’d actually be right up there.

jch

May 24th, 2011
2:45 pm

Fols – true about Kimbrel but, if our offense was even as good as last years’ we’d be leading the league by a couple/three games.

Kimbrel’s a rookie and is going to blow some saves – it be nice for him to come in with a 2-3 run lead instead of trying to save a 1 run game all the time.

Fols

May 24th, 2011
2:49 pm

oh I hear you, it’s just funny that as bad as it’s all seemed, if we just finished the few games we had that lead we’d be loving life. Our bats are terrible, don’t get me wrong but there’s something to be said for where we are in the standings. We’re not far behind and right in the wildcard race. I’ll take that and hope guys start hitting the ball.

I just feel without a typical lead-off style hitter to stir trouble on the bases we’re doomed into needing 3 hits together or homeruns. There’s just too many nights it doesn’t happen.

jch

May 24th, 2011
4:15 pm

I don’t think we necessarily “need” anything outside of what we already have.

What we need is guys to start hitting the ball like their career numbers indicate they will. If that happens, we’re in very good shape.

I’m not going to get down on Kimbrel. He has blown a few saves but that is going to happen with a rookie closer. Added to the inexperience from being a rookie, the pressure of know “if” he does give up the tying run there is little to indicate our offense can get the lead back. The game is 100% on his shoulders.

He’s going to be fantastic in the future as long as he can keep his head up and maintain his confidence.

jch

May 24th, 2011
4:19 pm

I felt at the beginning of this season that next year (2012) was going to be the beginning of the Braves resurgence – not this year. This was based on our heavy reliance on very young guys – Heyward, Freeman, Kimbrel, Venters…etc. These guys need a year or so of seasoning before we can expect consistent performance.

I think we’ll start to see this begin to happen the last 1/3 or so of this season. If so, and we’re in the hunt, maybe we can make a run. But, if I were putting my $$$ on one season or the other I would have put it on 2012.

Skeezix

May 24th, 2011
5:16 pm

We got some All Star pitchers, but no All Star hitters (’xcepting Hinske).

jt

May 24th, 2011
5:44 pm

Wish the players read these blogs, they would get the feeling they are certainly not loved, and rightly so. Could someone get a message to Uggly and tell him the story of Mendoza???

They will start saying players are hitting below the Uggla Line instead. What a piece of work he is eh??? My son figured he is hitting about 5.1 million for each hit the last few games. Man wish I could get a hand out like that.

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