Atlanta Braves: The week ahead


Monday: at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (FOX Sports South); Probable starters: Jair Jurrjens (0-1, 8.10 ERA) vs. Chris Capuano (1-0, 4.50)
Tuesday: at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (SportSouth); Mike Minor (2-1, 3.10) vs. Aaron Harang (1-1, 5.40)
Wednesday: at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (SportSouth); Brandon Beachy (2-1, 0.47) vs. Ted Lilly (2-0, 0.69)
Thursday: Off
Friday: vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:35 p.m. (Peachtree TV/FOX Sports South); A.J. Burnett (1-0, 0.00) vs. Tommy Hanson (2-1, 3.79)
Saturday: vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 p.m. (Peachtree TV/FOX Sports South); Eric Bedard (0-3, 2.65) vs. Randall Delgado (2-1, 5.74) or Tim Hudson (0-0, 0.00)
Sunday: vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:35 p.m. (SportSouth); Brad Lincoln (0-0, 0.00) vs. Jurrjens

Look out for

Chipper Jones will be 40 years old on Tuesday. Expect the Dodgers to give a farewell gift to him, since this is the Braves’ only regular-season trip to Dodger Stadium this year. … The Braves are 10-2 since opening the season 0-4. … Starter Randall Delgado, who is 2-1 with a 5.74 ERA after taking the loss against the Diamondbacks on Sunday, likely will be sent to Triple-A Gwinnett this week to make room for Tim Hudson. Hudson has been on the disabled list while rehabbing from offseason back surgery and is scheduled to start against the Pirates. … For his career, Matt Diaz is 12-for-25 with a home run at Dodger Stadium. … At 12-4, the Dodgers are tied with the Nationals for the best record in the NL. They are 6-0 at home this year. … The Braves will not face NL Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw, who is 1-0 with a 1.61 ERA. He struck out nine in seven innings on Saturday.

Who’s hot

Braves 1B Freddie Freeman, who had 12 RBIs last week, is third in the NL with 15 RBIs, behind two Dodgers – Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier – who have 22 and 21 RBIs. Kemp leads the NL in the triple crown categories. He also has nine home runs and a .450 average. … Braves CF Michael Bourn hit .433 last week (13-for-30), scored six runs and stole six bases. … Brandon Beachy leads the NL with a 0.47 ERA. … Braves reliever Jonny Venters hasn’t allowed a run in 6 2/3 innings. … Dodgers closer Javy Guerra leads the NL with seven saves.

Who’s not

Jones went 4-for-19 last week (.211) and rookie SS Tyler Pastornicky, who sat out the last two games of the Arizona series, is struggling. Pastornicky is hitting .175 with an on-base percentage of .214. … Jair Jurrjens has been the Braves’ worst starter with a 0-1 record and 8.10 ERA. He’s pitched only 13 1/3 innings in his three starts, allowing 21 hits and 12 runs. … Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is hitting .222 and 1B James Loney is at .217, although he hit .286 last week. … The Pirates are last in the NL in runs, with 30. That’s 13 fewer than the Phillies, who have 43, and 61 fewer than the Braves.


Braves: P Tim Hudson (back surgery) might pitch against the Pirates on Saturday.
Dodgers: INF Juan Uribe (wrist) is day-to-day.
Pirates: P Jeff Karstens (shoulder) is on the 15-day DL.

On the farm

Triple-A Gwinnett RF Jordan Parraz has a six-game hitting streak, but the Braves have scored only four runs in their past three games. He leads the team with a .359 average. … 1B Ernesto Mejia leads the Braves with 12 RBIs. … Yohan Flande (15 2/3), Buddy Carlyle (12 2/3) and Cory Gearrin (12 1/3) haven’t allowed a run in a combined 37 2/3 innings. … Mike Lamm has three saves and a 0.93 ERA for Double-A Mississippi. … 3B Kyle Kubitza is hitting .415 over his past 10 games and leads the Low-A Rome Braves with a .317 average, four homers and 13 RBIs.