Series preview: vs. Mets
When (TV): 7:35 p.m. Friday (WPCH), 4:05 p.m. Saturday (FOX), 1:35 p.m. Sunday (FSSO)
Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5
Probable starting pitchers:
Friday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (7-4, 3.56 ERA) vs. RH Chris Young (2-2, 3.41)
Saturday: Braves RH Tommy Hanson (10-5, 3.71) vs. RH R.A. Dickey (12-1, 2.40)
Sunday: Braves RH Ben Sheets (0-0, 0.00) vs. LH Johan Santana (6-5, 3.24)
About the Braves:
Batting: Brian McCann enters the second half of the season having homered in four straight games prior to the All-Star break. Martin Prado, who leads the team in average, is hitting .349 (76-for-218) with a .399 on-base percentage and .486 slugging percentage over the past 55 games. During that stretch he has 22 extra-base hits and nine stolen bases. He has 29 multiple-hit games in 61 May, June and July contests. Chipper Jones leads the majors with a .532 on-base percentage leading off innings.
Pitching: The Braves will start Ben Sheets on Sunday, in first major-league appearance in nearly two years. Sheets pitched two games at Double-A Mississippi after being signed to a minor-league contract on July 1. Sheets, a four-time All-Star, is returning from two elbow surgeries. Jair Jurrjens will start Tuesday’s series opener against the Giants. The Braves have not decided whether Mike Minor or Randall Delgado will start Wednesday.
Miscellaneous: Prado was the Braves winner of the Heart and Hustle award given to members of each team by the Major League Baseball Alumni Association. The award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and tradition of the game.
About the Mets:
Batting: David Wright is third in the majors with a .351 average. He is also second in on-base percentage (.441), sixth in hits (106) and 11th in RBIs (59) and slugging percentage (.563). Daniel Murphy is hitting .475 (19-for-40) with three homers and 15 RBIs in the past 11 games. Lucas Duda is batting just .149 (7-for-47) with two RBIs in the past 13 games.
Pitching: Chris Young will start the series opener after the team placed Dillon Gee on the 15-day disabled list due to a blood clot in a right shoulder artery. Gee was hospitalized after experiencing numbness in the fingers of his right hand on Tuesday. He is scheduled for a potential season-ending surgery Friday. Miguel Batista will take Gee’s spot in the rotation. The Mets already pushed back the start of Johan Santana, who has a sore right ankle.
Miscellaneous: The Mets have a .267 road batting average this season, tied for third in the majors with Cardinals and trailing only American League teams the Rangers (.274) and the Tigers (.268).