Series preview: Braves vs. Padres

Series preview: Braves vs. Padres

When (TV): 7:10 p.m. Monday-Thursday (SPSO)

Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5

Probable starting pitchers:

Monday: Braves LH Mike Minor (6-8, 4.95 ERA) vs. LH Eric Stults (2-2, 2.72)

Tuesday: Braves Tim Hudson (11-4, 3.77) vs. LH Clayton Richard (9-11, 3.79)

Wednesday: Braves LH Paul Maholm (10-7, 3.50) vs. RH Edinson Volquez (7-8, 4.03)

Thursday: Braves RH Kris Medlen (3-1, 2.28) vs. RH Jason Marquis (6-6, 3.66)

About the Braves:

Batting: Freddie Freeman had a .327 average with six homers, 37 RBIs and a .946 OPS in his past 45 games before Sunday, including .362 (17-for-47) with 14 RBIs in his past 13 games…. Jason Heyward had a .299 average with 13 homers and an .889 OPS in 60 games since the beginning of June, after batting .233 with a .740 OPS in 50 games during April and May. In 12 games against the Padres, Heyward has a .353 average with seven extra-base hits and nine RBIs.…. Reed Johnson was 18-for-48 (.375) with five extra-base hits and a .423 OBP in his past 20 games before Sunday, including 5-for-16 with three runs in five games since being traded to Atlanta.

Pitching: Minor is 2-2 with a 2.13 ERA and .189 opponents’ average in his past six starts, with 32 strikeouts and eight walks in 38 innings. The Braves scored no runs while he was in the game in those two losses. Minor has faced the Padres once, allowing eight hits and three runs in six innings of a loss in May 2011…. Hudson is 5-0 with a 2.98 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) against the Padres, while Maholm is 0-5 with a 5.63 ERA in six starts against them…. Medlen is 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA in four relief appearances against the Padres.

Miscellaneous: The Braves have been on one of their best runs in recent years, yet barely cut into Washington’s lead during that stretch. The Braves were 14-3 with a 1.84 ERA and 91 runs in their past 17 games before Sunday, but the Nationals were 15-4 with a 3.23 ERA and 93 runs (23 homers) in that same period since July 24. Atlanta was 24-8 with a 2.91 ERA and 161 runs (34 homers) in 32 games since July 5, but before Sunday the Nationals were 24-11 with a 3.32 ERA and 166 runs (40 homers) in that same period.

About the Padres

Batting: Chase Headley hit .314 with 10 homers, 28 RBIs and a 1.020 OPS in his past 27 games before Sunday, including six homers and 18 RBIs in his last 10 games. He had three homers and eight RBIs in wins Friday and Saturday at Pittsburgh. In 57 road games, Headley was batting .290 with 13 homers, 41 RBIs and a .931 OPS…. The Padres had a .244 average and .393 slugging percentage on the road before Sunday, while they have a league-worst .231 average and league-worst .345 slugging percentage in home games at spacious Petco Park.

Pitching: Stults is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his past five games, including four relief appearances. He pitched 5-1/3 scoreless innings (five hits, two walks, five strikeouts) in win Monday against the Cubs, his first major league start since June 3. Against the Braves, he’s 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA in five games (one start). His only start against them came in 2008, and he faced the Braves three times in relief in 2011. Heyward homered in his only plate appearance against Stults, and Chipper Jones is 1-for-4 with a homer against the lefty.

Miscellaneous: San Diego had a 2.33 ERA during a six-game winning streak before Sunday’s series finale at Pittsburgh…. The Padres won five of nine games against the Braves in 2011. The teams haven’t met this season…. Against the Braves, Richard is 0-4 with a 7.36 ERA in four starts, Volquez is 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA in four starts, and ex-Brave Marquis is 3-4 with a 7.27 ERA in eight starts…. Another former Brave, veteran outfielder Mark Kotsay, has a .302 average in 85 games at Turner Field. The Southern California native is now a backup in his second stint with the Padres.

By David O’Brien

14 comments Add your comment

Teddy B

August 12th, 2012
3:20 pm

Teddy B

August 12th, 2012
3:22 pm

Woo HOO first time I got a first comment. C’mon Bravos keep playing like this and you guys got the gNats! It also helps that they’re shutting down Strasburg soon. If we keep winning and they sit their best pitcher we got this!

GO BRAVES! Go Heyward!!

No. 1 Braves Fan

August 12th, 2012
3:29 pm

No need to worry about what Nats are doing or will do except for the six games we have remaing with them. Only Washington can control what happens with Strasburg. They may or may not shut him down. Braves need to win as many games as they can and don`t let the Nats lead get greater before we play them again.

Ken Stallings

August 12th, 2012
3:34 pm

Considering we have a game tonight versus the Mets, don’t you think this column is release a bit prematurely?

ijudgenot

August 12th, 2012
4:08 pm

Two lefthanders again starting in this series. This guy Stultz has only stareted five games all year and will start tomorrow against the Braves. It’s so important for Uggla, Ross and Johnson to make teams pay when they try to load up on lefthanded starters against the Braves. Will Ross catch the second game with Hudson pitching? Perfect time since a lefthanded pitcher is starting or will Fredi wait until Thursday when a right handed pitcher will be staerting. Think ahead Fredi and put the best team on the field for that particular game everyday.

hoho

August 12th, 2012
4:42 pm

Dang Ken, really? Guess there’s gotta be some kind of gripe on here. And since you replied to the premature column, don’t you think your reply was a bit premature? I actually was happy to see the preview this afternoon. Not much else is happenin on the blogs, so may as well look ahead to this week in Braves baseball. Thanks DOB.

No. 1 Braves Fan

August 12th, 2012
5:09 pm

Hope Medlin comes through with another strong outing Thursday against Jason Marquis who threw a 2 hitter agains the Pirates yesterday.
I agree with hoho…..why a negative comment about good advance information on the next series. Keep em coming DOB.

JNick

August 12th, 2012
5:18 pm

I thought this was a home series for the Braves? Shouldn’t it be “Padres vs Braves”? Home team always listed 2nd….

Banjo man

August 12th, 2012
5:23 pm

My pig was born prematurely.

Old Blue

August 12th, 2012
6:40 pm

A prig, Banjo Man?

BravesWin

August 12th, 2012
7:03 pm

Nats lose, time for Sheets and Co. to pick one up and keep it rolling. And I don’t mind looking ahead to the next series, either. Thanks, DOB.

Larry

August 12th, 2012
7:04 pm

Ken,

Agreed…I guess Dave had a date tonight.

Larry

August 12th, 2012
7:06 pm

In sports, never, EVER, look ahead!

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