Series preview: Braves at Marlins
When (TV): 7:10 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 12:40 p.m. Wednesday (SPSO).
Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5
Probable starting pitchers:
Monday: Braves LH Mike Minor (5-6, 5.69 ERA) vs. RH Josh Johnson (5-7, 4.35)
Tuesday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (8-4, 3.70) vs. LH Mark Buehrle (9-9, 3.29)
Wednesday: Braves RH Tommy Hanson (10-5, 4.50) vs. RH Ricky Nolasco (8-8, 4.55)
About the Braves:
Batting: Dan Uggla went 4-for-5 with two homers with two homers and five RBIs in a June 5 game at Miami. In 38 games since then, the ex-Marlins 2B is 15-for-124 (.121) with two homers, nine RBIs and 51 strikeouts…. Brian McCann is 14-for-43 (.326) with seven homers and 16 RBIs in his past 12 games…. Chipper Jones is 19-for-47 (.404) with four doubles, three homers and 11 RBIs in his past 13 games…. Martin Prado has a .326 average and 32 RBIs in 63 games against the Marlins, including .409 (9-for-22) with five extra-base hits in five this season.
Pitching: Minor is 3-2 with a 3.82 ERA and .208 opponents’ average in his past seven starts, including 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA and .146 OA in two July starts. But he’s 1-3- with a 7.84 ERA in his past six road starts, and lasted fewer than six innings in five of them. Minor is 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA in five starts against the Marlins, including a June 7 win at Miami when he allowed four hits, one run and five walks in five innings…. Against the Marlins, Hudson is 12-4 with a 2.76 ERA in 23 starts, and Hanson is 5-2 with a 2.96 ERA in nine starts.
Miscellaneous: The Braves are 15-5 with a 2.24 ERA in their past 20 games against the Marlins, including a three-game sweep June 5-7 in their first visit to new Marlins Park… Jones has a .300 average, 40 homers and a .901 OPS in 237 career games against the Marlins. He was hurt when the Braves played at the retractable dome stadium in June. It’ll be the 46th major league ballpark he’s played in…. McCann is 11-for-40 (.275) with a home run against Johnson, the only current Brave with a homer off him. Jones is 9-for-32 (.281) with eight walks against him.
About the Marlins:
Batting: Marlins newcomer Carlos Lee, the longtime Astros LF/1B, has a .320 career average and .395 OBP in 45 games against the Braves, though only two homers in 169 at-bats…. The Braves won’t have to face slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who’s on the 15-day DL recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, and might also miss Hanley Ramirez, who’s been sidelined by a hand infection and is questionable for the series…. Against Minor, Jose Reyes is 4-for-10 with a homer and Logan Morrison is 3-for-7 with a homer.
Pitching: Johnson is 0-2 with a 7.56 ERA and .314 opponents’ average in his past three starts, after going 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA and .234 OA in his previous 10 starts. He’s a modest 5-4 in 17 games (16 starts) against the Braves despite an outstanding 2.29 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 102 innings. Johnson lost his only start against Atlanta this season, allowing six hits and two runs in 7-2/3 innings on June 6 at Miami…. Against the Braves, Buehrle is 3-1 with a 3.81 ERA in four starts, and Nolasco is 5-8 with a 4.94 ERA in 21 games (20 starts).
Miscellaneous: The Marlins have lost nine of their past 12 games and hit just .240 with 30 runs in that period, including three or fewer runs in eight of their past 10 games. They totaled four runs in three games and were swept at Pittsburgh over the weekend. They had five hits (all singles) while being shut out 3-0 on Sunday….. Minor will avoid facing Stanton, who is 2-for-6 with two homers off the left-hander, and might also avoid Ramirez, who is 2-for-5 with a homer against him.
– By David O’Brien