Next for Braves: Pittsburgh Pirates

Series preview: vs Pirates

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

Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5

Probable starting pitchers:

Friday: Braves RH Tommy Hanson (2-2, 3.38 ERA) vs. RH A.J. Burnett (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Saturday: Braves RH Randall Delgado (2-1, 5.74) vs. LH Erik Bedard (0-4, 2.63)

Sunday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (17-9, 2.83 in 2011) vs. RH Kevin Correia (1-0, 2.00)

Monday: Braves LH Mike Minor (2-1, 3.42) vs. RH James McDonald (0-1, 2.78)

About the Braves:

Batting: The Braves scored four runs combined in the ninth innings Tuesday and Wednesday to rally for back-to-back wins in LA to finish off a 5-2 trip. Since sitting out April 16 against the Mets, Freddie Freeman is hitting .417 (15-for-36), with six doubles, three home runs and 14 RBIs. Chipper Jones is hitting .351 (13-for-37) with two home runs against Burnett.

Pitching: Hanson has pitched seven innings in each of his past two outings, and is coming off a win over Arizona, in which he allowed two earned runs, one walk and struck out seven. He’s won two of his past three games with only a three-run Ike Davis homer to tarnish him against the Mets. He’s 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA in two career starts against the Pirates.

Miscellaneous: The Braves welcome the Pirates to town for the first time since the series last July which included the 19-inning marathon won 4-3 by the Braves on a blown call by Jerry Meals. The Pirates were 53-48 before that day, 19-42 after it.

About the Pirates:

Batting: The Pirates are last in the majors in runs per game (2.28), on-base percentage (.269) and second-to-last in slugging percentage (.325). They did collect 30 hits while taking two of three from the Rockies, scoring a season-high five runs twice. Pedro Alvarez homered in both games of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Rockies, though he’s still hitting .156.

Pitching: Burnett returned a week earlier than expected from a fractured orbital bone he suffered during a bunting drill in spring training. He was stellar in his Pirates debut, pitching seven scoreless innings against the Cardinals on Saturday, giving up only three hits and striking out seven and walking two.

Miscellaneous: Former Brave Nate McLouth is hitting .200 (4-for-20) with two doubles in his return to the Pirates. His RBI single on Wednesday fueled a five-run outburst in the 5-1 win.

-Carroll Rogers

28 comments Add your comment

Crawford

April 26th, 2012
2:07 pm

Lets go braves!!! Kick some pirates butt.

Larry

April 26th, 2012
2:14 pm

Dave,

I know I can be a thorn in your side on certain points, but this doesn’t keep me from telling you….good job!

Your favorite thorn,

Larry

Random

April 26th, 2012
2:24 pm

@Larry (April 26th, 2012 2:14 pm) –

Carroll Rogers wrote this, dumb ass — not DOB.

Geez. :roll:

Bob in SF

April 26th, 2012
2:26 pm

How is Nate McOut somehow still employed as a major league ballplayer?

lanier

April 26th, 2012
2:55 pm

man I hope McLousey plays every nite

Larry

April 26th, 2012
2:57 pm

Random,

The picture above and on the front page is that of Dave so it happens that I don’t always look at tiny print below it. And if ever a pimple face punk like you could possibly drum up the courage to say something llike this to one’s face without urine dribbling down your leg do let me know.

Thanks Carroll…please post your picture under your blog!

To Larry

April 26th, 2012
3:09 pm

Pays to read.

To Random

April 26th, 2012
3:10 pm

Youll go further in life not being a douche.

IHEARTCARROLL

April 26th, 2012
3:12 pm

I wouldn’t mind if they always used Carroll’s picture, even when DOB did the writing.

Crawford

April 26th, 2012
3:16 pm

IHEARTCARROLL, Is she good looking?

Rose Ann Bar

April 26th, 2012
3:29 pm

phil

April 26th, 2012
3:29 pm

I don’t get the feeling that Random exactly has good sense, or any sense, for that matter…

Nice job, Carroll.

phil

April 26th, 2012
3:30 pm

Looks like Rose Ann Bar has the brains of a turnip, or Random, too….

What exactly is wrong with you two?

Weaseal

April 26th, 2012
3:45 pm

Nice to see Hudson on Sunday hope he has a great return !!!

ATL Fan

April 26th, 2012
3:46 pm

Did someone say something about the Braves?

Rose Ann Bar

April 26th, 2012
4:02 pm

What’s a turnip?

Mike

April 26th, 2012
4:03 pm

I’m half hoping / half hating that the “Let’s Go Pirates!” girl will be back. Who doesn’t want to listen to 3 more hours of that!

tybeedave

April 26th, 2012
4:24 pm

Carroll is gorgeous, by the way…

IHEARTCARROLL

April 26th, 2012
4:33 pm

ABSOLUTELY ! tybeedave

Crawford

April 26th, 2012
4:36 pm

Thanks you two. I had never seen her.

Mikey

April 26th, 2012
5:50 pm

Hansen vs Burnett….Friday night game- lets pack the Ted you baseball junkies!

Crawford

April 26th, 2012
6:01 pm

I will be there Mikey. Will you? Go Braves!!!

David the Shepherd

April 26th, 2012
6:31 pm

Carroll’s beauty is only slightly overshadowed by her writing skills. Did I mention she won a Pulitzer? Also, she was Miss Georgia 2003. She also beat Stephen Hawking in a trivia contest. Other than that, she’s ok, I guess.

buster brave

April 27th, 2012
10:50 am

Being a Braves fan since 66′,my other favorite team thru the years has been the Pirates.They have changed places during the years,but gittin’ Clemente’s autograph at Fulton Co. Stadium and he hittin’ a homerun to dead centerfield,in the seats was one of my greatest memories of my youth.Will be there Monday nite………

southern hope

April 27th, 2012
10:55 am

Larry…LOL….you were trying to be nice & this place rips you to shreds…..LOL

IHEARTCARROLL

April 27th, 2012
10:58 am

buster brave,

My dad was stationed up there and became a Pirate’s fan until he came back south. He still retells every Clemente memory like it happened yesterday. Sounds like a real fine fella in addition to a great talent.

IHEARTCARROLL

April 27th, 2012
11:01 am

@southern hope – Ain’t that the way it always happens.

But keep it up Larry. The silent masses appreciate your attempted gratitude.

Fly on the Wall

April 27th, 2012
12:20 pm

So how is Chipper’s knee after that long flight home? Playing tonight? Go get some Pirate Booty Boyz.

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