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