Series preview: Braves at Mariners

Series preview: Braves at Mariners

When (TV): 10:10 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 3:40 p.m. Wednesday (SPSO)

Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5

Probable starting pitchers:

Monday: Braves RH Brandon Beachy (2-1, 3.22 ERA) vs. LH Erik Bedard (4-5, 2.93)

Tuesday: Braves RH Tommy Hanson (8-4, 2.48) vs. RH Michael Pineda (7-4, 2.45)

Wednesday: Braves RH Derek Lowe (3-6, 4.33) vs. RH Felix Hernandez (8-6, 3.19)

About the Braves:

• Batting: Entering Sunday, Brian McCann was ninth in the NL in slugging (.512) and ninth in OPS (.891), but two Braves regulars were in the league’s bottom five in on-base percentage: Dan Uggla (league-low .247) and Alex Gonzalez (.283)…. Chipper Jones’ .410 average with runners in scoring position was second in the NL before Sunday, behind Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (.435). Jones (.421) and McCann (.385) ranked fourth and sixth with runners in scoring position and two outs.

• Pitching: Beachy is 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA in his past six starts, allowing two earned runs or fewer in six innings or more of five. After five weeks on the DL (oblique), he returned with a career-high 11 strikeouts in six innings (four hits, one run) Wednesday vs. Toronto … Rookie Craig Kimbrel led major league relievers with 58 strikeouts in 38 innings before Sunday.

• Miscellaneous: It’ll be the third series between the teams. The Braves won two of three in June 2003 at Seattle, and the Mariners won two of three in June 2008 at Atlanta…. The Braves had identical 22-17 home and road records before Sunday. Their road record was the best in the National League…. Braves with more than one at-bat against Bedard are Eric Hinske (3-for-9, HR), Julio Lugo (9-for-34) and Gonzalez (1-for-4).

About the Mariners:

• Batting: One of the only hitters having a worse first half than Uggla, Chone Figgins entered Sunday with a .188 average and majors-worst .487 OPS, and was 1-for-26 with RISP and two outs…. Catcher Miguel Olivo has lately been the definition of all-or-nothing. In his past 19 games before Sunday, he was 14-for-72 (.194) with one double, eight homers, 19 RBI, no walks and 23 strikeouts.

• Pitching: Tough matchups for the Braves. Bedard is4-1 with a 1.54 ERA and .194 opponents’ average in his past 10 starts, after going 0-4 with a 7.71 ERA in his first four…. Before Sunday, Pineda ranked fifth in the American League in ERA and was fourth in opponents’ average (.199) and opponents’ slugging (.308)…. Game 3 starter Hernandez was also among AL leaders in opponents’ slugging (.334) and average with RISP (.205).

• Miscellaneous: The Mariners have had an even greater disparity between their sturdy pitching and spotty hitting than do the Braves. Seattle’s 3.26 ERA ranked second in the AL before Sunday, while its .228 batting average, .295 OBP and .339 slugging percentage all ranked last in the AL. The Mariners were 7-11 with only 47 runs in their past 18 games before Sunday, with one or no runs scored in eight of those games.

– DAVID O’BRIEN

40 comments Add your comment

Danthecone

June 26th, 2011
5:39 pm

Ouch, we’re getting their three best starters

Chris_H

June 26th, 2011
6:01 pm

Doesn’t look like its going to be a high scoring series

Chris from the Rock

June 26th, 2011
6:03 pm

Next up: Safeco Field. Great, another rediculously pitcher-biased park. Why don’t we head over to Oakland and SF while we are at it.

Hinske Da Man

June 26th, 2011
6:51 pm

As good as Venters has been this year, this loss is soley on him. He made so many mistakes in that inning. The Braves should still have the lead, but he bombed big time today.

Hinske Da Man

June 26th, 2011
6:57 pm

Another series lost to a losing team. This is why the Braves are going nowhere.

jungleland sax solo

June 26th, 2011
6:58 pm

sometimes greek salad lets u down.

Larry

June 26th, 2011
7:01 pm

Here’s my series preview…

Fredi will continue to exemplify why he is hands down the dumbest manager in baseball.

Other than filling out a lineup (to which he’s poor at) sending out a starting pitcher, then going to the bullpen, please tell what on earth is his value to this team?

Please, PLEASE, just give me one example of just one single decision he had made affected a game positively? We all know the many he has affected negatively!

…..Crickets…..

wiki

June 26th, 2011
7:01 pm

not a big deal but the M’s took 2 of 3 in the ‘03 series & the Braves 2 of 3 in the ‘08 series.

J-Man

June 26th, 2011
7:02 pm

No the reason we lost this game was not all Venters fault. Its Gonzalez not putting more right handed hitters in the game and Larry Parrish…………No hitting whatsoever

jimbo

June 26th, 2011
7:04 pm

Does anybody on this team give a S*** other than mcann?

dawg4u

June 26th, 2011
7:06 pm

The Braves lose four out of the six games to the woeful Padres. Our pitching better continue to be good with the bats that we have in this lineup. I don’t see how we make the playoffs without another bat in this lineup.

Skeezix

June 26th, 2011
7:43 pm

Huddy: You pitched great and unfortunately you weren’t able to also generate the runs tonight like your last time out. You can’t help it if your offense stinks. I remember the year JS went out and acquired Fred McGriff and it really ignited the offense–the Braves went on a tear after that. I hope there’s someone like Crime Dog that FW can get soon to boost this pathetic offense.

ted william's head

June 26th, 2011
7:43 pm

who is gonna watch this at midnite. hope you arnt there DOB

Ben

June 26th, 2011
7:55 pm

Doesn’t matter who pitch…with this pathetic offense…anyone can be CY Young……Can we start to think Jason Heyward overated?…I remembered everyone was so sure about Jeff Francour….just dont over excited about Freeman yet…Braves offense RIP….

63 year Braves fan

June 26th, 2011
8:22 pm

Poor fielding by Venters lost this game. Also our continuing lousy hitting. Too many Left handed
batters who can’t hit l.h. pitching. Must trade for Hunter Pence. Give up Minor and another prospect.
Astros need pitching. Braves need a r.h. bat in the outfield. Also why is Haywood so non-aggresive
with runners in scoring position. After taking the 1-0 lead and with Shafer on third, he took two pitches right down the middle and struck out on a pitch in the dirt. That was no time to look for a walk.

Rafael

June 26th, 2011
8:22 pm

Once again, it’s “FIRE FRANK WREN.COM” time.

Frank Wren is an offspring of the major problem… LIBERTY MEDIA, a faceless, out-of-state, gutless, cheap ownership group that cares more about a tax write-off than the Braves fans.

It’s obvious to the 3rd graders at Gwinnett Elementary school that we need bonafide MLB-caliber hitter at or before the trade deadline. A real hitter (the Braves have a surplus of young pitching prospects), not bringing in a washed-up, mediocre, pig-in-a-poke type bum like Ryan Ludwick or Josh Willingham. Can you say Hunter Pence??? Once again Libery Media has given Frank Wren a $39 budget at the trade deadline.

Derek Lowe has become Kenshin Kawakami. Lowe has lost velocity on his fastball and has become a bum. Everytime Lowe goes out lately, the Braves are quickly down 3-4 runs. With the Braves offensive woes, game over!!! With Liberty Media economics and Frank Wren (the good soldier following the company line), Lowe and his $15 million/year contract will continue go out on the mound and be cannon fodder.

Is it possible for Frank Wren to trade for a BONAFIDE quality MLB outfielder??? Heyward is OVERRATED (I doubt he will ever be able to hit an outside pitch with how far he stands from the plate) and now teams consistently pound him on the outside corner. McClouth is a shadow of his former self as an all-star in Pittsburgh. With Prado hurt, it’s pig-in-a-poke time with the likes of running the Matt Young types out there. Thank God they dumped Joe Mather. The point is the Braves have a collection of too many 4th and 5th Outfielder types.

Thanks again Liberty Media and Frank Wren.

If we are fortunate enough to make the playoffs, just wait until Fredi pitches the likes of Scott Procter and Scott Linebrink in a critical time. That’s when mediocre bums like that catch up to you. Yes, play Brooks “Robinson” Conrad in the playoffs and I rest my case.

I don’t ask for much, my one wish in life is for Liberty Media (the Dark Side) to sell the team to an owner IN ATLANTA that wants to win and will actually spend money on the team. Arthur Blank, I need a hero.

I do have to give Frank “Nitti” Wren a complement. Just when I cringe that the Braves owe Derek “Kawakami” Lowe 15 million in 2012 (YES 2012!!!), the Cubs (and all their goober fans that invade Turner Field) owe Alphonso Soriano 4 years/72 million!!! Yes, things could be worse and WILL BE with LIBERTY MEDIA as owners.

Alot of people won’t speak up and voice their concerns. Liberty Media’s mission statement is come to Turner Field for the AMBIENCE. I personally love the Braves and want to see winning baseball, rather than the Turner Dogs and the Family Picnic Area.

Braves Fan Forever

Frank Wren

June 26th, 2011
8:44 pm

Okay here are the options I am considering to beef up the offense:
1. Resign Greg Norton.
2. Bring Julio Franco back.
3. Have Huddy play 2B when he isn’t pitching.

Frank Wren

June 26th, 2011
8:57 pm

Oh yes, one more option is to bring Joe Mather back.

gotigers72

June 26th, 2011
9:02 pm

I think I heard Joe Simpson say that the Braves are hitting .219 against LH pitchers this year. That is freakin’ pathetic. Then Fredi fills out a lineup where 3 of the first 4 hitters are LH. Way to go Fredi, good thinkin’ there bud.

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chatt matt

June 26th, 2011
9:30 pm

The Braves need to seriously thik about making a move for an outfield bat.Hudson pitches another great game and the bats let him down.Venters cant be perfect every time.This offense leaves no room for error for the bullpen.I dont think the Braves can catch the Phils but they can get the wild card.Time to make a move Frank Wren.

Blind Deaf and Dumb

June 26th, 2011
9:38 pm

Does anyone think it is realistic to win every single game? Fact is, Yankees, Red Socks, and Phils are the only teams with better records, and oh yea, their payrolls are the 3 highest in baseball and over 2x ours. Do any of you idiots even understand this game? Sure, we need to hit better, and we let one get away today, but that is baseball.

chatt matt

June 26th, 2011
9:52 pm

The Braves pitching staff is good enough to win it all.The hitting is about on par with the Pads.Martin Prado coming back will help but to beat the teams the Braves need to beat a move will have to be made for another bat.

Kat

June 27th, 2011
8:08 am

Tuesday’s game is also on MLB Network.

Charlie

June 27th, 2011
8:12 am

The Parish Pukes will stink in Seattle, as they do in most places. David Ross’s interview was prophetic…3 K’s, and can’t catch the ball on Sunday. Heyward is showing his true (lack of) ability. He has clearly outlived his hype. Gonzo is the most unprofessional hitter in baseball. He has no clue what he’s doing in the batters box. He gives away every at bat, once he has 2 strikes. Uggla is (and will be) a total bust in 2011. He will never live out his 5 year contract in Atlanta. He’s KK with a bat. Lowe is done as well. The Braves have a history of non-hitting outfielders, for ten years. The group they trot out there now is no exception. Fredi (Milk Toast) Gonzolez is lousy at managing a bullpen. All this talk of Venters being over used, and Saturday, Fredi has him throwing in a (then) 6-1 ballgame. Brain dead, Fredi. The Braves have some pitching, and two hitters, Prado, and McCann. With the Fredi / Parish combo in the dugout, losing 2 out of 3 will be the norm. Thinking that Frank Wren is going to do something, with his track record, is whistling in the dark.
Watching such a pathetic team for almost half of the season now, has become troo much to take.

richie

June 27th, 2011
9:15 am

when chipper retires nxt year and alex gonzalez contract runs up there NO reason our line up shouldnt look like this. we have the talent and if we can shed some contract here and there (chipper, lowe, kk) we should have enough cash.
Jose Reyes SS
Hunter Pence LF
Martin Prado 3B
Brian McCann C
Dan Uggla 2B
Freddie Freeman 1B
Jason Heyward RF
Jordan Schafer CF

ijudgenot

June 27th, 2011
9:18 am

Heyward overrated? The jury is still out. The young man was asked to hit 2nd last year and now because the Braves do not have a decipline hitter (other than Prado) who can make the pitcher work, after having hit 3rd or cleanup his entire high school and minor league career. The kid is the future 3rd place hitter for the Braves. I think he will be ok next year after Chipper retires and he is allowed to just hit in one spot like Chipper has done for the majority of his career.

Blindog

June 27th, 2011
9:51 am

Heyward IS over-rated,other than a flash or two every so often he looks lost at the plate and looks lazy in the outfield.Having two lefthanded bats leading off just wom’t work when facing tough lefthanders,man we need Prado back!

Boonie27

June 27th, 2011
10:11 am

Our pathetic offense will struggle to score 4 runs the ENTIRE series….

Coach (2011 Fredi G.a Go!)

June 27th, 2011
11:31 am

We will more more than likely lose two out of three…..or even get swept, while winning two of these games would require a miracle.

The Lemmer

June 27th, 2011
11:33 am

Since the Dodgers are broke, what would it take to trade for Kemp & give them some cheap prospects, like maybe Schafer, Minor, & another young pitcher? Kemp is having a carrer year & we would need to be able to sign him to a long term deal, KK & McOut off the books after this year, Lowe & maybe Chipper off after next year, he’s a stud CF?

Lobosolo

June 27th, 2011
12:56 pm

Not one of you whiners have ever answered the question… not a one…
Why in the world do you watch a team that you think is so pathetic? WHY??? Just for you, girlie men… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N24BTzOp7qU... Funny part is you don’t show up when the Braves win… I’m convinced you blabberers just LIKE to have something to whine about… Run along now, little ones… Your mommy is calling… “Mommy, Mommy!!! My team won’t do like I want them too!!! Wah-wah-wah-wah… Gimme a sucker to drown my tears, Mommy!!!

Mikey

June 27th, 2011
1:25 pm

A little factoid for the naysayers…..,season ended today Braves are in the Playoffs….oh by the way… our MOST produtive right handed hitter is on the DL! Enjoy the quality pitching depth, there is none better in all the ML!

Fols

June 27th, 2011
2:30 pm

Wow……scroll through this list of comments and you’d think we are in last place.

Talk about Doom and Gloom.

You guys are in need of a tissue. We suck, i’m not watching this, fire these guys, worst manager ever, coach sucks, loss is on Venters…..eeck. Disturbing.

Michael C.

June 27th, 2011
3:16 pm

With as frustrating as the offense has been, like Fols said, the Braves have one of the best records in the NL. We are all frustrated because if two or three of our regulars would just play up to their average we’d be closer if not past the Phil’s by this point. Once Prado returns hopefully we will see some stability back to the right side of the plate, but I do LOVE the idea of moving Schafer and a young arm to the Dodgers for a player like Matt Kemp to be in the middle of our order with McCann and Uggla once Chipper retires.

willie g the gambler

June 27th, 2011
3:54 pm

the braves will get swept in seattle and the redsox and phillies will probally be the series of the world series this year so atlanta there is always next year until MARK CUBAN buys the braves they will continue to sux wind. i will make a ton of money in seattle lets go losers.

willie g the gambler

June 27th, 2011
3:55 pm

lets go yankees !!!!!!!!

StingerSplash

June 27th, 2011
4:17 pm

Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton just called in their condolences to the Braves offense for what’s about to happen to it in Seattle.
This … may … get … ugly.

Oregon Braves Fan

June 27th, 2011
4:26 pm

In Seattle for the game today. Can’t wait!

VinceVanGo

June 27th, 2011
9:34 pm

It must be very frustrating for the Braves starters to go out on the mound believing that they must pitch a shutout and possibly a no-hitter in order to have a chance to win, and then only if they can somehow get a runner to third base and the opposing pitcher balks!

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