Series preview: at Marlins
When (TV): 7:10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday (SPSO)
Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5
Probable starting pitchers:
Monday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (14-6, 3.66 ERA) vs. LH Wade LeBlanc (2-4, 2.95)
Tuesday: Braves LH Paul Maholm (12-10, 3.90) vs. RH Nathan Eovaldi (4-12, 4.71)
Wednesday: Braves RH Kris Medlen (8-1, 1.62) vs. RH Josh Johnson (8-12, 3.81)
About the Braves:
Batting: Jason Heyward had hit two home runs in his past three games entering Sunday to extend his career-high to 27 on the season. He’s hitting .340 (16-for-47) with two doubles, four home runs and 10 RBIs this season against the Marlins. Freeman came within a double of hitting for the cycle Saturday. He was 6-for-12 with a double, a triple and a homer in three games since Fredi Gonzalez rested him in the second game in Milwaukee on Tuesday.
Pitching: Hudson has given up four or more runs every other start since Aug. 8 in Philadelphia, including four runs in 6 2/3 innings of a loss Tuesday in Milwaukee. In every other outing since then, Hudson has allowed only one run in 20 1/3 innings for a 0.44 ERA. Hudson pitched a complete game shutout his last start at Marlins Park on June 5, an 11-0 win. The Braves’ 20-game winning streak in games pitched by Medlen will be put to the test against Marlins ace Johnson on Wednesday.
Miscellaneous: The Braves are 9-3 against the Marlins this season, while putting up a 1.93 ERA against them.
About the Marlins:
Batting: Jose Reyes is coming off back-to-back three-hit games against the Reds, and went 8-for-13 (.615) in that series overall with two doubles, three runs and two RBIs. Reyes is hitting .313 (15-for-48) with three doubles, one triple, two home runs and four RBIs in 12 games against the Braves this season. Giancarlo Stanton is hitting only .232 (13-for-56) in September but he has five home runs.
Pitching: LeBlanc has allowed three runs in each of his past two starts (five innings vs. Phillies and six innings vs. Brewers) since rejoining the Marlins rotation when manager Ozzie Guillen went to a six-man rotation to finish the season. The former left-hander for Alabama has faced the Braves twice in relief this season and made one start Aug. 1. He held the Braves to one run in 4 1/3 innings in a 4-2 win. Freeman was 2-for-2 with a double against him.
Miscellaneous: The Marlins have won two of their past three series, both against division leaders, taking two of three from both the Nationals and Reds.
- Carroll Rogers