Series preview: Braves at Marlins
When (TV): 7:10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday (SPSO).
Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5
Probable starting pitchers:
Tuesday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (3-2, 4.60 ERA) vs. RH Anibal Sanchez (3-3, 2.57)
Wednesday: Braves RH Randall Delgado (3-5, 4.58) vs. RH Josh Johnson (3-3, 4.83)
Thursday: Braves LH Mike Minor (2-4, 6.98) vs. LH Mark Buehrle (5-5, 3.53)
About the Braves:
Batting: Martin Prado has a .398 average (37-for-93) with 13 extra-base hits, a .462 OBP and 1.043 OPS in his past 24 games, including 14 multi-hit games. He’s hit .344 with a .924 OPS in his past 42 games. Prado has been on base 91 times, fourth-most in the NL before Monday (Michael Bourn’s 88 times was tied for sixth)….. Jose Constanza is 6-for-11 with a double and one strikeout in four games (three starts) since arriving from Triple-A…. Freddie Freeman is 5-for-38 (.132) with no walks and 14 strikeouts in his past nine games, including a three-hit game.
Pitching: Hudson is 0-1 with an 8.76 ERA in his past two starts, after 2-1 with a 1.25 ERA in his previous three. Wednesday against St. Louis, he allowed two hits and one run through five innings, then four runs and four hits in the sixth. He’s 11-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 22 starts vs. the Marlins, including a 2.98 ERA in seven during 2010-2011. Jose Reyes is 19-for-71 (.268) with two HRs against him; Giancarlo Stanton is 2-for-12, and Hanley Ramirez is 13-for-47 (.277)…. Against the Marlins, Delgado is 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA in two starts, and Minor is 0-1 with a 7.65 ERA in four.
Miscellaneous: This will be the Braves’ first visit to the Marlins’ new retractable-roof ballpark in Little Havana near downtown Miami. Perhaps no one hated to see the move more than the Braves’ Matt Diaz, whose .366 career average vs. the Marlins included .394 (39-for-99) with 13 extra-base hits, a .451 OBP and .616 slugging percentage at the charmless multi-purpose stadium that was re-branded every few years…. The Braves are 24-14 against the Marlins since the beginning of the 2010 season, including a two-game split May 16-17 in Atlanta.
About the Marlins:
Batting: Giancarlo Stanton has hit .320 (41-for-128) with 11 doubles, 13 homers and 35 RBIs in his past 34 games, with a .408 OBP and .711 slugging percentage (1.119 OPS) in that torrid stretch…. Hanley Ramirez is 21-for-50 (.420) with nine extra-base hits in his past 13 games, including three homers in his past three games. He has 10 homers, 30 runs and 34 RBIs in his past 46 games…. Marlins Park’s spacious dimensions haven’t bothered those two sluggers: In 26 home games, Stanton has hit .340 with seven homers and 26 RBIs, and Ramirez has hit .366 with five homers and 20 RBIs. Each has a home OPS well above 1.000.
Pitching: Sanchez is 1-3 in his past five starts despite a 2.70 ERA, four quality starts, and 29 strikeouts with eight walks in 33-1/3 innings during that stretch. He’s received just 1.9 support runs per nine innings pitched in those games, with the Marlins scoring two or fewer while he was in each. Sanchez is 0-5 with a 6.23 ERA and .317 OA in six starts vs. Braves since July 2010, and 4-10 with a 5.11 ERA in 16 career starts against them. Prado is 12-for-27 (.444) with a homer against him, Brian McCann is 9-for-29 (.310) with a homer, and Dan Uggla is 2-for-7 with a homer…. Against the Braves, Johnson is 5-3 with a 2.29 ERA in 16 games (15 starts), and Buehrle is 3-0 with a 4.05 ERA in three starts.
Miscellaneous: The Marlins, after going 1-8 with a .182 batting average, 18 runs and a 3.92 ERA in their last nine games in April, are 23-9 in their past 32 games with a .263 average, 145 runs and a 3.59 ERA. During that hot stretch they’ve gone 15-5 in games decided by one or two runs, including 7-2 at home…. The Marlins are sixth in the NL with a 3.61 ERA, including a 3.59 ERA by starters (fifth in the NL). The Braves are 12th in the league with a 4.17 overall ERA, including a 4.46 ERA by starters (15th out of 16 NL teams).
By David O’Brien