Series preview: vs. Diamondbacks
When (TV): 7:10 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday (SPSO)
Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5
Probable starting pitchers:
Tuesday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (5-3, 3.88 ERA) vs. RH Daniel Hudson (3-1, 6.60)
Wednesday: Braves RH Tommy Hanson (8-4, 3.54) vs. RH Trevor Cahill (6-5, 3.47)
Thursday: Braves RH Jair Jurrjens (1-2, 6.75) vs. TBA
About the Braves:
Batting: Jason Heyward is the National League’s second-hottest hitter for the month of June behind only Reds first baseman Joey Votto. Heyward is hitting .391, with eight doubles, one triple, five home runs and 12 RBIs this month, while Votto has hit .434 with eight doubles, six homers and 18 RBIs. Eric Hinske broke out of a 4-for-58 slump by going 2-for-2 with a double, a triple and two RBIs Sunday in Boston.
Pitching: Hudson is 2-1 with a 3.51 ERA in four starts since bone spurs in his left ankle flared up. Outside of his fairly miraculous complete game in Miami where he pitched in pain, he pitched six or fewer innings in the other three starts. He’d gone seven or more innings in three of his previous four starts before the ankle started bothering him. Hudson is 6-0 with a 1.36 ERA in eight career starts against the Diamondbacks, while allowing only one earned run over his previous 30 innings against them.
Miscellaneous: The Braves have won seven of their past nine road games, but have lost six of seven and 10 of 15 games at Turner Field. They Braves won three of four in Arizona on April 19-22.
About the Diamondbacks:
Batting: The D-Backs collected 10 or more hits while averaging 9.2 runs per game in five consecutive games before Sunday. Justin Upton is heating up after a slow start to the season, raising his average from .243 to .271 in the past 15 games. He hit safely in 13 of them, while batting at a .356 (21-for-59) clip, with two doubles, two homers and 13 RBIs.
Pitching: Daniel Hudson is 2-0 despite a 7.01 ERA in five starts since his return from a DL stint with a right shoulder impingement. Arizona hasn’t announced its Thursday starter, but it could be top prospect Trevor Bauer, who was pulled from his Sunday start in Triple-A, and at 21 years old would be making his major league debut in place of the injured Joe Saunders (shoulder inflammation). Bauer was drafted No. 3 overall in 2011 out of UCLA.
Miscellaneous: Shortstop Stephen Drew could return to action as early as Wednesday after nearly a year out after breaking his ankle last July 20. The Diamondbacks have won four in a row, seven out of 10 and 12 out of 17. They’re coming off a three-game sweep over the Cubs.