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