Series preview: vs. Cardinals
When (TV): 1:10 p.m. Monday (SPSO); 7:10 p.m. Tuesday (SPSO); 7:10 p.m. Wednesday (SPSO)
Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5
Probable starting pitchers:
Monday: Braves RH Tommy Hanson (5-3, 3.12 ERA) vs. RH Lance Lynn (7-1, 2.54)
Tuesday: Braves RH Randall Delgado (2-5, 4.53) vs. RH Jake Westbrook (4-3, 3.38)
Wednesday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (3-2, 4.12) vs. RH Kyle Lohse (5-1, 2.90)
About the Braves:
Batting: The Braves have cooled since their three-game sweep in St. Louis May 11-13, when they hit .290 and averaged 7.7 runs per game. They’d hit only .237 with 3.3 runs per game in 13 games since entering Sunday. Michael Bourn went 8-for-17 (.471) in that series, with a double, a home run and three RBIs. Martin Prado had 12 multi-hit games in his previous 18 games entering Sunday, while hitting 437 (31-for-71).
Pitching: Hanson got the better of Lynn and the Cardinals three starts ago, allowing one run in five innings, walking three and striking out nine. The only run was a Carlos Beltran homer. Hanson has allowed only three runs in 13 innings in each of his past two starts, against the Rays and Reds. He took a no-decision in a 2-1 loss despite allowing only one run in six innings at Great American Ballpark.
Miscellaneous: The Braves sweep over the Cardinals May 11-13 snapped an 0-7 streak at Busch Stadium since September of 2009. They are 3-4 at home against the Cardinals since 2009.
About the Cardinals:
Batting: The Cards are 6-8 since facing the Braves and just lost three of four to the Phillies. They hit four home runs, including a grand slam by Yadier Molina off Roy Halladay on Sunday. Carlos Beltran hit his NL-leading 15th of the year. He hit two of those homers in the May 11-13 series vs. the Braves while going 5-for-12 with four extra-base hits and five RBIs.
Pitching: The Braves handed Lynn his first loss of the year after getting him for three runs in six innings in a 7-4 win on May 13. Jason Heyward had the big blow, with a bases-loaded double. After going 6-0 with a 1.40 ERA in his first six starts, Lynn is 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA in his past three but is still tied with four others for the major-league lead in wins (seven).
Miscellaneous: Lance Berkman underwent arthroscopic knee surgery since the Braves last saw him May 13. He’s one of five Cardinals to go on the DL in a five-day span, including Allen Craig (hamstring) and Matt Carpenter (oblique).