Series preview: Braves at Padres

Series preview: Braves at Padres

When (TV): 10:05 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 6:35 p.m. Wednesday (SPSO)

Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5

Probable starting pitchers:

Monday: Braves LH Paul Maholm (11-8, 3.47 ERA) vs. RH Casey Kelly (major league debut)

Tuesday: Braves RH Kris Medlen (5-1, 1.86) vs. LH Andrew Werner (1-0, 3.00)

Wednesday: Braves RH Tommy Hanson (12-6, 4.40) vs. LH Eric Stults (4-2, 2.68)

About the Braves:

Batting: Jason Heyward was 37-for-118 (.314) in his past 31 games before Sunday with nine home runs, 23 RBIs, 24 runs and a .379 on-base percentage and .610 slugging percentage (.989 OPS). Against the Padres, he has a .387 career average in 16 games with nine doubles, two homers and 12 RBIs…. Dan Uggla hit .143 in his past 66 games before Sunday, with five homers, 44 walks and 82 strikeouts in 224 at-bats. He was 2-for-28 with one extra-base hit and no RBIs in his last nine games.

Pitching: Maholm is 7-2 with a 1.56 ERA in his past 11 starts, including 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA and .198 opponents’ average in four since being traded to the Braves. The seven hits and four runs he allowed in Tuesday’s loss at Washington were the most hits he allowed since July 4 and most runs since June 23. He’s 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA in six starts vs. Padres, the win coming on Aug. 15 when he allowed five hits, one run and three walks in seven innings…. Medlen is 1-2 with a 2.19 ERA in five games (one start) vs. the Padres and Hanson is 4-0 in five starts against them, with a 2.01 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 31-1/3 innings. Hanson is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three starts at San Diego’s Petco Park.

Miscellaneous: The Braves won the last three games in a four-game home series against San Diego Aug. 13-16, outscoring the Padres 18-1 in the wins after losing 4-1 in the opener…. Perhaps a few days in San Diego can help slumping, sore-shouldered Brian McCann, who has a .358 career average and 1.090 OPS at Petco Park, with four homers and 21 RBIs in 20 games…. It’s the last trip to San Diego for Chipper Jones, who has a .324 average with seven homers and 19 RBIs in 28 games at Petco.

About the Padres:

Batting: Chase Headley had 10 homers and 28 RBIs in 23 August games before Sunday, with a .314 average (27-for-86), .355 OBP and .686 slugging percentage. In 41 games since the All-Star break, Headley had a .297 average with 14 homers and 38 RBIs. Against Maholm, he’s 2-for-11 with four strikeouts…. Carlos Quentin had a .286 average with four homers, 14 RBIs and a .929 OPS in August. He’s 3-for-3 vs. Maholm.

Pitching: Kelly will make his major league debut after going 0-2 with an 3.35 ERA in eight starts at three minor league levels this season…. San Diego pitchers had a 1.64 ERA during the team’s six-game winning streak before Sunday, a streak that began with a win against the Giants and included a sweep of the Pirates…. Werner, 25, will make his second major league appearance and start, after going 5-10 with a 3.70 ERA in 22 minor league starts this season…. Stults is 1-2 with a 3.13 ERA in six games (two starts) against the Braves.

Miscellaneous: After going 19-40 to begin the season, the Padres entering Sunday had gone 39-30 since June 9, same record as the Braves in that period…. The Padres were 13-6 with a 3.86 ERA, 85 runs and 20 homers in their past 19 games before Sunday, and hit .332 during their six-game winning streak. That stood in stark contrast to what they did in Atlanta less than two weeks ago, hitting .215 with five runs in four games.

By David O’Brien

36 comments Add your comment

JHarber

August 26th, 2012
3:56 pm

Thanks DOB, Another tough series just hope Braves bench Uggla to give itself a good chance to win the series

Alaska Braves Fan

August 26th, 2012
4:04 pm

If Maholm, Medlen, and Hanson all pitch well, we could come away from SD with a sweep, which we need right now. But, let’s finish in SF with a win today first.

I reiterate: Move Johnson into left field as the regular starter and put Prado at second, where he truly belongs. Sit Uggla. It wouldn’t hurt right now to continue to rest McCann as much as possible and to let Ross start frequently. Those two adjustments, I think, would make a considerable difference.

When Andrelton Simmons was hurt there were quite a few optimistic predictions about the time of his return. From the outset, I believed, and I wrote, that he likely would not be back until the second week in September. That seems to be what’s going to happen. Wren’s acquisition of Paul Janish looks like one of the best trades of the season. He has saved us in the infield, and his hitting has been better than we might have expected. He’s not knocking down the fences, but he has been getting on at some critical moments, and he has got several key hits. Great professional ballplayer.

ABF

Amber Girl

August 26th, 2012
4:13 pm

@Jharber Mom wstill cries herself to sleep. Hope ESPN leaves this series alone where I can maybe see one game, Scool sucks cant see Braves because game tonite. Dont like school. Don’t like ESPN. Love Braves. NOT FAIR

Joe Simpson

August 26th, 2012
4:20 pm

Tonight’s the night my man Dan Uggla gets going.

Joe Simpson

August 26th, 2012
4:25 pm

But if Danny doesn’t get going tonight, it will be against the Padres.
Or, if not in that series, surely in September.

northbeach Scott

August 26th, 2012
4:46 pm

Alaska, plus the Jannish acquisition allowed the Braves to not rush Simmons back. What a luxury, and a wise move by Wren. Well said.

Amber Girl

August 26th, 2012
4:51 pm

J_HEY and Jilly Freeman go yicketty tonite

Father A. Long

August 26th, 2012
5:00 pm

I think Fraudi is scared to bench Ugh-la.

Casey

August 26th, 2012
5:19 pm

@ northbeach Scott and Alaska Braves Fan

What a load! Yes Janish is an excellent SS, but so is Pastornicky. Anyone who says different, doesn’t know baseball. Pastornicky was not given a decent chance. First, he had to play with Uggla. That is a big enough handicap to destroy ANY rookie SS before his career begins. On top of that, he batted 8th in the order every single day. Could you imagine Bobby Cox doing that to a rookie? Because, I can’t. No other manager would have done that. Also, Janish is batting .206 with 0 HR and 7 RBI. Give me a break.

Just remember that Wren is the same clown who traded Elvis Andrus for Teixeira and traded Yunel Escobar for Alex Gonzalez just because Joe Simpson wanted him gone to make room for Infante, whom he also traded for Uggla. Wren is an idiot. He is destroying this organization. Why can’t you people see that?

This guy tried to trade Beachy just last year. Just think about that one.

northbeach Scott

August 26th, 2012
5:27 pm

Casey, I think the load is on your chin. Rev made it clear he is not an MLB SS, at least defensively. His bat may make a case for a utility IF. JS traded for Tex, not Wren, moron. Fredi is the idiot and Wren is not going to let him take him down.

Tina

August 26th, 2012
5:33 pm

Thank God no Uggla should put him on DL with Sheets nothing wrong with either as one cant hit one cant pitch.

JHarber

August 26th, 2012
5:36 pm

Casey you are wrong Wren did not do the Tex deal, was JS

Casey

August 26th, 2012
5:51 pm

@ northbeach Scott

Wren was Schuerholz’s right hand man when the Teixeira deal was made. So, calm down moron. You are just continuing to show your own ignorance. What about the other shortstops I mentioned?

If you think Pastornicky can’t play SS you are wrong. Do you even watch the games? Or do you just listen to and read what other people say about Pastornicky? It won’t matter when Simmons comes back anyway.

Why are all of you people so in love with Wren. What deals has he made that have made the Braves any better. Look at everything he’s done. Every deal he has done that was not a complete disaster has only brought players for a year or two. Like Michael Bourn. He will be gone next year. Then what?

Tom

August 26th, 2012
5:59 pm

2 things tomorrow is monday, and braves facing a pitcher making ML debut(traditionally not a good thing either.)

JHarber

August 26th, 2012
6:00 pm

Hey MORON Casey, I did not say i was in love with Wren. Moron is name i dislike. Check all my post since spring of 2011 and see my love for Wren.

Amber Girl

August 26th, 2012
6:03 pm

Mr JHarber Help me please. What do I do about mom? She still cries herself to sleep. She doesn’t know that I know.

Casey

August 26th, 2012
6:05 pm

@JHarber

I wasn’t talking to you MORON.

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stew

August 26th, 2012
6:16 pm

Pastornicky doesn’t belong on the team. Simmons is the starter with Janish as his backup. Show your love for Uggs. He’s hitting under .210 and he still has the third most rbi’s on the team.

Casey

August 26th, 2012
6:46 pm

@stew

I’ll repeat my previous post: .206, 0 HR, 7 RBI.

What part of that do you not understand?

Secretariat

August 26th, 2012
6:51 pm

Casey, you are out of control. Did you forget to take your meds today?

Casey

August 26th, 2012
7:03 pm

You don’t have anything to say about the discussion? So, you just attack me personally?

Casey

August 26th, 2012
7:22 pm

@Secretariat

If your just going to insult me, at least come up with something original.

Teddy B

August 26th, 2012
7:34 pm

Lets go Bravos!! J-Hey- Keep showing ‘em how its done, my main man….amazing work he’s done this season turning around his early career like he has. I’d vote him Comeback Player of the Year even though its only his 3rd season, can’t think of anyone else who has really came back in such a major way like J-Hey has. He’s playing more and more like the #1 ranked prospect he was in 2010 and this is amazing to watch, love when he gets a hold of a pitch and rips it into the stands. He’s recovered from the horrific injuries and slumps of 2011 to re-emerge as our main power threat and I’m loving every second of it!

Uggla- Please wake up or just tell Fredi to go on without you. He’s a liability now in a major way, never saw this coming. Oh wait yeah I did it was called 2011 lol! Seriously I think he feels too much pressure with that heavy contract he signed, he just needs to get back to where he was all along mentally while he was playing for the Fish. Clearly he has felt extreme pressure to live up to what was expected of him when he signed that dotted line. He needs to get that out of his head and focus.

Stop worrying about if your living up to what that big contract was worth or not every single day/every single at bat and just play ball, Dan

Ralph

August 26th, 2012
7:47 pm

Fruti almost got the line-up right tonight, put Ross in place of McOut and Chipper on 3rd and you have it, can’t expect too much from a retard though.

Ralph

August 26th, 2012
7:49 pm

Don’t buy the “heavy pressure from big contract” theory, if anything the big contract should take all the pressure off, he’s set for life now.

Casey

August 26th, 2012
8:00 pm

It doesn’t matter why Uggla can’t hit anymore, only that he can’t hit anymore. He is only getting older (32). He is not ever coming out of it. He was never a decent 2nd baseman. He had FOUR errors in an All-Star game. Wren should have known better than to sign him to that obscene contract.

Casey

August 26th, 2012
8:03 pm

Make that THREE errors in an All-Star game. The first player ever to do that. WHOOHOOO!!!

Steve

August 26th, 2012
11:50 pm

How much is Uggla getting paid per hit?

Fredo

August 27th, 2012
12:33 am

Hoping Padres pitcher’s take it easy on the Braves this series: a rookie making his debut and 2 lefties including Stults?!

Good news for the Braves is Medlen is pretty much an automatic win for the team (due for a bad outing at some point ….) and Maholm’s homer numbers should be negated by Petco’s large dimensions (he’ll attempt to prove me wrong)

Oh, and I see Hanson is pitching too. Not much to say here; he’ll labor, may/may not give up a lot of runs, may/may not keep the team within reach (and going against Stults, that may/may not be a good thing)

D from Charleston, SC

August 27th, 2012
1:03 am

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Quack Quack

August 27th, 2012
11:30 am

@Steve….

If Uggla was getting paid “per-hit”, we would see him sitting on a street corner with a tin cup!!

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the truth...

August 27th, 2012
2:34 pm

Casey………….

You are not a moron……….you are a moronic idiot……..

Pastornicky should not even be on the roster; he should be in AAA playing daily….

Your statements are so ridiculous it is hard to believe you are anything but a troll trying to stir up trouble……

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2hot scott

August 27th, 2012
11:57 pm

So, as we enter the final month of the season, my mind begins looking towards the off-season and next season. With Chipper retiriing, where does his money go? Do the Braves take Chipper’s money and make Bourn an offer before the season ends and free agency starts? Or does Scott Boars take Bourn to the free agency market and come up with a “mystery team” that is interested, so he can drive up his price and price the Braves out of the bidding? If the Braves will not have Bourn returning, do they make long-term offers to Freeman and Heyward? Do the Braves bring in a centerfielder and leftfielder via trade, assuming that Prado is moving to 3rd base next season? Speaking of trade bait, how long are the Braves going to allow Tehran and Delgado to rot in the minors, seeing that Hudson, Hanson, Medlen and Minor have the first our rotation spots locked up? Is Mahlom’s option for 2013 still valid after his trade from the Cubs? If it is, then he’s got a spot as well. Then, there is Beachy, who should be throwing after the All-Star break next season. I say trade Tehran and Delgado, because their value is only going down with every bad start they have at AAA.

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