Next for Braves: Miami Marlins

Series preview: vs. Marlins

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

Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5

Probable starting pitchers:

Tuesday: Braves RH Kris Medlen (9-1, 1.51 ERA) vs. RH Nathan Eovaldi (4-12, 4.36)

Wednesday: Braves LH Paul Maholm (12-10, 3.85) vs. RH Josh Johnson (8-13, 3.84)

Thursday: Braves RH Tommy Hanson (12-9, 4.46) vs. RH Jacob Turner (1-3, 4.03)

About the Braves:

Batting: Martin Prado went 10-for-21 (.476) with one double and two RBIs on the Braves’ recent road trip with multi-hit games in four of the six. He leads the league with 58 multi-hit games. Chipper Jones is one hit shy of tying Robert Alomar (2,724) for 57th place on the all-time hit list. Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 Sunday in Philadelphia after going 2-for-19 in the first five games of the trip. His three-run homer Saturday off Roy Halladay set the tone in an 8-2 win.

Pitching: The Braves have won Medlen’s last 21 straight starts, one shy of the major league record held by Whitey Ford (1950, 1953) and Carl Hubbell (1936-1937). Medlen is 8-0 with a 0.76 ERA since the Braves put him in their rotation July 31, becoming the only Braves pitcher other than Warren Spahn to win at least eight games over a 10-start span with an ERA under 1.00, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Medlen outpitched Marlins ace Johnson in a 3-0 win Wednesday in Miami, allowing four hits in eight shutout innings.

Miscellaneous: The Braves’ magic number to clinch a playoff berth is one, so if they win Tuesday night or both the Dodgers and Brewers lose, they clinch at least a wild card spot. The Braves are 11-4 this season against the Marlins, including 4-2 at Turner Field. Michael Bourn missed Sunday’s game with a sore left thumb, which was to be re-evaluated on Monday.

About the Marlins:

Batting: Jose Reyes is hitting .313 (21-for-62) with five doubles, one triple, two home runs and five RBIs in 15 games against the Braves this season. He went 6-for-14 with two doubles against them last week in Miami and drove in the winning run in the Marlins’ only win in the series 4-3 in 10 innings on Tuesday. Giancarlo Stanton did not return over the weekend from an oblique injury and is still considered day-to-day. Outfielder Justin Ruggiano is also out with a sprained right shoulder.

Pitching: The Braves managed only four hits – all singles – in eight shutout innings against Eovaldi in an eventual extra-inning loss on Tuesday. The 22-year-old from Nolan Ryan’s hometown of Alvin, Texas, has a good fastball of his own, hitting 97, 98 mph in the eighth inning against the Braves. He had lost his previous four starts, while giving up 16 earned runs in 19 innings (7.58 ERA).

Miscellaneous: Manager Ozzie Guillen’s future is in doubt, with the Marlins are headed for a possible last-place finish in the NL East in his first season as manager. The Marlins were swept by the Mets over the weekend to fall 3 ½ games behind the Mets at 66-87.

- Carroll Rogers

19 comments Add your comment


September 24th, 2012
2:53 pm

Nats have a much more difficult schedule rest of the way than Braves. This could get interesting yet…the game this afternoon not withstanding.

Davey Sprocket

September 24th, 2012
3:20 pm

heisenburg – the magic number is gonna be 5 if th eNats hold on to the 9-1 6th inning lead. You need to focus on the WC, because that is all that is available to you. Cheers!

space monkey

September 24th, 2012
3:53 pm

We’re starting this series with a loss. Hanson will groove more batting practice fastballs. Marlins win that game 8-3. We shouldn’t even play it. Just forfeit.


September 24th, 2012
3:56 pm

space monkey, We all know Hanson is struggling, but show some confidence & class.

September 24th, 2012
3:57 pm

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September 24th, 2012
3:57 pm

fyi space monkey, Hanson isn’t pitching the first game.

Jasons Shrinking Waist

September 24th, 2012
4:03 pm

Sure is sweet knocking the Phillies out of the race this weekend!

Revenge is a dish best served cold.


September 24th, 2012
4:26 pm

SPACE MONKEY is off floating around in space somewhere.


September 24th, 2012
5:09 pm

Nats spank Brewers 12-2


September 24th, 2012
7:12 pm

Why is Hanson in the rotation when we have Sheets, Delgado and even Teheran in the bullpen doing nothing?


September 24th, 2012
8:00 pm

I agree with JNick,why in the heck are they pitching Hanson when they could let either one of the guys he mention in his post.They were quick to move on from JJ,but for some reason Hanson really has much grace.This kind of stuff always cause me and others to question why some guys get chance after chance while others get the boot at the twinkle of an eye.All we ask is for some one else to get a chance instead of Hanson who has proved that he don’t deserve to continue wasting people time watching and hoping when he pitches.He should have been pitching in AAA with JJ instead of enjoying the Major Leagues(THE SHOW)


September 24th, 2012
8:18 pm

Hanson should be pulled, I agree. However, the only team he can beat (even though he doesn’t pitch well against them) is the Marlins so maybe he’ll actually get a win. Sheets should be given another shot.

He wasn’t pitching well down the stretch, but one would think he just needed to give his newly broken in arm some rest. He could be a valuable asset in the playoffs. Now would be the time to see if he can still go or not against these very inferior teams.

space monkey

September 24th, 2012
8:19 pm

I know Hanson is not pitching the first game. But we have lost the third game in this series before his first pitch. If Hanson had any class, he would have asked to go down to the minors and develop a decent delivery that actually uses his legs and might give him a Major League fastball again. He’s the anti-Medlen, stubborn, stupid, and incapable of adaptation. He’s the Frenchy Francouer of pitchers, and I am terrified that he will be on our postseason roster.

Dan The Man

September 24th, 2012
8:26 pm

@Heisenberg-if the Nats over the last nine games go 3-6; the Braves just to tie for the NL East lead would have to go 8-1. I doubt either scenerio will happen. In the meantime, the Nats played the Brewers who came into Washington winning the last 26 out of 30 and they won game 1 in the top of the ninth; lost game 2 10-4, won yesterday 6-2 and got crushed today 12-2. In addition, look at the Nats with the amount of runs they are scoring and they are number 1 in run differential. This is a tough team to beat with or without Strasburg.

Ken Stallings

September 24th, 2012
9:07 pm

The Nationals thumped the Brewers this afternoon. And, the Nats have played all their outstanding games and both the Nats and Braves have the same nine games remaining now.

So, the Nats’ magic number to secure the NL East is now 5.

The Braves’ magic number over the Brewers to earn post-season is now down to one.

The Cardinals are thumping the woeful Astros again tonight, so it is likely the Braves’ magic number to secure the home field Wild Card will likely remain at 4. The Cardinals have a favorable schedule because after their three-game series at Houston, they finish at home versus the Nats and Reds in order, and both of them will likely have their divisions secured by then.

Frankly, it will almost certainly be the Braves and Cardinals in the Wild Card game, and likely it will be played at Atlanta.


September 24th, 2012
10:56 pm

Ken,……The Reds and the Nats may have their Divisions secured, but what about home field advantage for the playoffs.
I would think, that they would be playing to secure that.
Today the Reds have only 1 more in the loss column than the Nats do.


September 24th, 2012
11:01 pm

Doesn’t look like it will happen(but it could), but what ‘IF’ the Nats drop their next 3 to the Phillies and the Braves win three in a row, that would be very interesting.


September 25th, 2012
9:42 am

Got to agree about Hanson’s stubbornness. We’re seeing that same stubbornness as well in the other two slumpers, Uggla and McCann. Time for some managerial fortitude addressing these guys. Oh, wait…


September 25th, 2012
3:11 pm

considering that medlen is pitching tonight. tommy hanson losing tonight is a moot point!

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