Next for Braves: Florida Marlins

Series preview: vs Marlins

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

Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5

Probable starting pitchers:

Friday: Braves RH Brandon Beachy (3-2, 3.58 ERA) vs. RH Clay Hensley (1-2, 2.88)

Saturday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (9-7, 3.42) vs. RH Anibal Sanchez (6-3, 3.60)

Sunday: Braves RH Tommy Hanson (11-5, 3.13 ERA) vs. RH Ricky Nolasco (7-7, 4.04)

About the Braves:

• Batting: Freddie Freeman extended his career-high hitting streak to 12 games Thursday night. Freeman has reached base safely in 34 of his past 38 games, going back to June 16. Dan Uggla was batting .303 with seven home runs and 14 RBIs in 24 games since June 28, including a career-high 18-game hitting streak, entering Thursday.

• Pitching: Beachy gave up two home runs in the first two innings of his last outing against the Reds but settled in for four scoreless innings and a quality start. He took a no-decision in the 4-3 loss and still has only three wins in 17 major league starts. Beachy gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings of a 6-5 loss to the Marlins on April 14.

• Miscellaneous: This is the first time the Braves will face the Marlins since Jack McKeon’s return as manager. The Braves are 4-2 against the Marlins this season, losing two of three at Turner Field and sweeping the Marlins in three games at Sun Life Stadium.

About the Marlins:

• Batting: Marlins slugger Mike Stanton has four home runs in the past six games, including back-to-back games in a three-game sweep over the Nationals. Stanton has 24 homers on the season. Leadoff hitter Emilio Bonifacio is riding a 26-game hitting streak, second-longest in Marlins history. Luis Castillo hit in 35 straight in 2002.

• Pitching: With Josh Johnson still out with a sore shoulder, the Marlins moved Clay Hensley from the bullpen to the rotation. He has made two starts against the Mets, going five innings each time, allowing a total of two runs in two Marlins victories. He walked six and struck out five in those 10 innings. He was last a full-time starter in 2006 for the Padres when he went 11-12 with a 3.71 ERA.

• Miscellaneous: Florida has won five straight and 14 of its past 19 games. McKeon is 19-13 since taking over as manager. Edwin Rodriguez was 32-39 before resigning under pressure on June 18, with the Marlins on a nine-game losing streak. First baseman Gaby Sanchez has missed three games with a strained left hamstring.

-Carroll Rogers

18 comments Add your comment

SoCalBrave

July 28th, 2011
8:33 pm

Thanks Carroll. Hope we can sweep the marlins and the Pirates win at least one in Philly

Braves FaN

July 28th, 2011
8:39 pm

I noticed Hensley is starting now. He has some nasty stuff.

bobby cerasuolo

July 28th, 2011
9:32 pm

I swear if the Braves trade for anyone i hope they use Mclouth in the trade like for Crisp Quentin I mean anyone. I mean i would love for them to go after Swisher from the Yankees.

bobby cerasuolo

July 28th, 2011
9:36 pm

Mclouth Lowe and Lipka to the Yankees for Swisher

McCmann and Aqua Hoss

July 28th, 2011
10:04 pm

STATS
GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2011 51 115 15 43 7 1 0 10 3 10 18 5 .374 .390 .452 .842

Jason Bourgeois–> 29 yrs old, right handed, and can I say speed. I’m sure we can trade a Paul Clemens for him. Nothing too fancy

McCmann and Aqua Hoss

July 28th, 2011
10:37 pm

Freddie Flistone in the house. I repeat FREDDIE FLINSTONE in the HOUSE.

O-my

July 28th, 2011
10:51 pm

McCutchen 28oBA and 390 bp is reason pirates are doing so well..Lead-off man is very important, thats why Braves need to get one. Schafer is not the answer.

bruce

July 28th, 2011
11:12 pm

saw Marlins last night live against Nats… even with some fumbles they still looked strong…

[...] Atlanta Braves [...]

the truth...

July 28th, 2011
11:55 pm

@O-my

Hate to bust your bubble, but McCutchen has been batting 4th….cleanup….

Joseph

July 28th, 2011
11:58 pm

truth brother, he was leading off until Paul took over for ( I forget his name) the LF that is still on the DL for them. They moved him down to 4th at that point. 3rd tonight. Either way. McCutchen is a dang good player. Class act as well.

O-my

July 29th, 2011
12:07 am

truth you will never bust my bubble. Read DA..I didn’t say he was lead-off. I said he was reason for Pirates doing well.
The lead-off was not refering to him..just a statement of fact.Schafer sucks..

O-my

July 29th, 2011
12:11 am

Joseph you right..thanks. Mcclutchen is one dang good player..wish we had him.

Joseph

July 29th, 2011
12:27 am

A lot of teams wish they had McCutchen O-my.

Hank

July 29th, 2011
10:15 am

In the trade world you have to give something to get something. The Braves have very little to offer so no other team should be expected to trade a good player for one of Atlanta’s bad ones. The reverse is how the Braves got all those bad ones.

Jack

July 29th, 2011
2:09 pm

@ Hank… Braves have more then enough to offer, Wren just wont give it up. He needs to step up and gamble on which of the “top 4″ he is willing to give up to get a bat. Thats what makes a good GM. Needs to pull the trigger.

Mitchell

July 29th, 2011
2:18 pm

If this team can’t win two out of three this weekend, they need more help than any one man alone can give them.

Hoggy II

July 30th, 2011
6:21 am

Would hate to see Braves trade Lipka, he just turned 19 and is in the SAL, not many young players doing that. I like his old school brand of ball, goes all out all the time. He worked with my nephew in the Cartersville Challenger league and is a great kid. The Braves could use more like him.

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