Series preview: Braves vs. San Diego Padres

Series preview: at Padres

When (TV): 10:05 p.m. Friday (SPSO); 8:35 p.m. Saturday (SPSO); 4:05 p.m. Sunday (FSSO)

Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5

Probable starting pitchers:

Friday: Braves RH Derek Lowe (3-5, 4.10 ERA) vs. RH Tim Stauffer (2-5, 3.13)

Saturday: Braves RH Jair Jurrjens (9-3, 2.11 ERA) vs. RH Dustin Moseley (2-6, 3.02)

Sunday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (6-6, 3.73) vs. LH Cory Luebke (1-2, 3.23)

About the Braves:

• Batting: Brian McCann homered in consecutive games against the Blue Jays and has hit four home runs in his last five games, while hitting .438 (7-for-16). He leads all major league catchers with 13 home runs on the season. Jason Heyward has hit .368 (14-for-38) with a home run and nine RBIs in nine career games against the Padres.

• Pitching: Lowe hasn’t won a game since his no-hit bid in Philadelphia on May 6. Since then he’s gone 0-2 with a 4.96 ERA in eight starts. He’s allowed eight runs in 10 1/3 innings over his past two starts. He’s 5-3 with a 2.76 ERA in 16 career starts against the Padres, including a no-decision April 25 in San Diego when he allowed two runs in six innings.

• Miscellaneous: The Braves took two of three in their first trip to Petco Park this season in late April, scoring 15 runs in the last two games, and lost two of three to the Padres at Turner Field in late May.

About the Padres:

• Batting: The Padres rank second-to-last in the majors in batting average (.233) and runs scored (257). Chase Headley became the first Padre to ever collect three four-hit games on one road trip. He hit .474 (18-for-38) with four doubles, five RBIs and five runs in nine games at Colorado, Minnesota and Boston.

• Pitching: Stauffer, a No. 4 overall pick in the 2003 draft, has allowed only one earned run in 22 innings over his past three starts but won only once, 2-0 vs. the Rockies, due to a lack of run support…Luebke makes his first start of the season after spending the first three months in the bullpen. He went 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in three starts last September.

• Miscellaneous: The Padres snapped a six-game losing streak by winning two in a row over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Padres are only 14-26 at home this year, 18-18 on the road.

-Carroll Rogers

29 comments Add your comment


June 23rd, 2011
7:06 pm

Thanks, Carroll. Perhaps we can continue the good work.


June 23rd, 2011
7:13 pm

This is the only way Fredi Cox gives Venters a day off…an off day!

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Deedle Nick

June 23rd, 2011
7:34 pm

I am amused by the showing of individual and team records against each other.

For example, what does it matter that Lowe is 5-3 with a 2.76 ERA in 16 career starts against the Padres?

Most of those starts are against teams that had a completely different lineup than this year’s team, and even with different managers.

It’s like saying that he does better/worse wearing a blue uni than a red one.

Nate McLouth

June 23rd, 2011
7:35 pm

Okay, so does everyone agree that I should be Dan’s personal hitting coach?


June 23rd, 2011
7:40 pm

I can’t believe we have lost all those games to the Mutts.

who dat

June 23rd, 2011
8:07 pm

i cant believe a whitey nate mclouth is still on this team.


June 23rd, 2011
8:17 pm

We just won 4 in a row, have the 2nd best record in the NL and the 4th best in the majors and all you can do is whine. Grow up and recognize the team when they are playing well. Do you guys wait around all day waiting to b*tch about things?


June 23rd, 2011
10:04 pm

Agree with Needle Nick. That has nothing to do with nothing.
zline its not b*tching if you’re telling the truth.

Greg Norton

June 23rd, 2011
10:08 pm

Nate: No, I think Braves fans would be happier if I was Dan’s personal hitting coach.


June 23rd, 2011
11:09 pm

oops, Deedle


June 23rd, 2011
11:24 pm

It may be true but are just starting to get healthy and it may not be the way that we want it but they arr winning. If you were told we would be ten games over at this point before the season started you would take it in a second. Just keep some perspective. Yes, guys are struggling more than we would exoect offensively but our pitching has been much better than we could have hoped. IT’S A LONG SEASON.


June 24th, 2011
12:24 am

Is this the back end of the Padres rotation? Dang, those are some lousy records.

I really wonder how much Lowe has left in his tank. Braves should seriously consider trading him if they can.

Jair is strong. Huddy is inconsistent. Hopefully, we can get a start like his last one.

Why are the Braves making TWO trips to Petco Park? I can’t recall the last time ATL took two different trips to a NL West location since realignment.



June 24th, 2011
3:13 am

GCS…check the schedule, we made 2 trips to petco in 06 I believe. It aint that rare, and anyone who complains about 2 trips to SD in one season is f***ed in the head. So figure it out you pile of meat and stop whining like there was some injustice done to us you dickrider.


June 24th, 2011
6:50 am

Deedle Nick,

A couple of my favorite most obvious or irrelevant stats:

“When leading after 7 innings our winning % is…”
EVERY team has a significantly higher winning % when leading after 7 innings!

“When his team scores 4 or more runs his W/L record is…”
EVERY pitcher that gets 4 or more runs in a game has a very impressive W/L record!


June 24th, 2011
6:54 am


I’ve heard of “road rage” but “blog rage?”

Sleep it off, buddy!


June 24th, 2011
7:05 am

Wow, the Braves are only 2nd in the NL?!?!?!?!?!?!? Man, they REALLY suck!!!!!


June 24th, 2011
7:28 am

Good stuff, Carroll, thanks!


June 24th, 2011
7:34 am

who dat,Scwartz7,and TheantiMe-further proof that Central State in milledgeville should reopen



June 24th, 2011
8:00 am

who dat,Scwartz7,and TheantiMe-further proof that Central State in milledgeville should reopen

@alex – Nanny nanny boo-boo, stick your head in doo-doo!!! That way, the matter on the outside of your head will be exactly the same as the matter inside of your head. Symmetry, gotta luv it!


June 24th, 2011
8:08 am

By the way, alex, did your mommy not give you enough attention so that you feel it necessary to attack others with inflammatory comments on every single post? I have never, even once, seen you make a comment where you didn’t attack someone. Get a life, or at least mental health counseling. PLEASE, do it now!!!


June 24th, 2011
8:34 am

tHANKS FOR THE LAUGH,have a great weekend-go braves!!!!


June 24th, 2011
8:39 am

Braves batting order / lineup should be:
Schafer, CF; McLouth, LF; McCann, C; C. Jones, 3B; Heyward,RF; Freeman, 1B; Uggla, 2B; Gonzalez, SS; P.

Lots of leftys, but at least the 2 worst offenders of poor pitch selection and wasted at-bats are at the end of the lineup.

Opposite Field

June 24th, 2011
9:00 am

How come everyone has stopped visiting me this year??


June 24th, 2011
9:23 am

@opposite Field’chicks dig pull hitters’……


June 24th, 2011
10:09 am

Roll the Juggernaut out of the garage, and fill her up.
The Braves are going to tear it up, out there in the west.


June 24th, 2011
1:11 pm

Personally, I’m loving all these trips to the west coast. Saw 4 w. Dodgers, 2 w. Padres, 1 w. Angels, and went to ATL for the opening series. Two more this weekend, and then they won’t be back….ah well. Not too bad for an LA fan.

Let's Go Bravos!

June 24th, 2011
3:52 pm

Why are we playing San Diego again at their place? I thought we only played the west coast teams one series at their place and one at ours.

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

June 24th, 2011
6:44 pm

ESPN Classic has Atlanta vs Minnesota game 7 on at 7pm….if anyone wants bring back memories…..

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