Atlanta Braves: The week ahead

BY foxsports • September 24, 2012

Schedule

Tuesday: Miami at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. (SportSouth); Nate Eovaldi (4-12, 4.36 ERA) vs. Kris Medlen (9-1, 1.51)
Wednesday: Miami at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. (SportSouth); Josh Johnson (8-13, 3.84) vs. Paul Maholm (12-10, 3.85)
Thursday: Miami at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. (SportSouth); Jacob Turner (1-3, 4.03) vs. Tommy Hanson (12-9, 4.46)
Friday: N.Y. Mets at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m. (Peachtree TV, FOX Sports South); Chris Young (4-8, 4.21) vs. Mike Minor (10-10, 4.21)
Saturday: N.Y. Mets at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. (Peachtree TV, FOX Sports South); Jenrry Mejia (0-1, 9.00) vs. Tim Hudson (16-6, 3.61)
Sunday: N.Y. Mets at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m. (FOX Sports South); TBD vs. Medlen


Look out for:

Kris Medlen, who is 8-0 since moving into the rotation, has been moved up a day and will pitch on Tuesday so that he will be available to start the NL Wild Card game on Oct. 5. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tim Hudson would start the first game of the division series, which would begin Oct. 7. … The Braves enter the week 4½ games behind the Nationals with nine games to play. They also have a magic number of two to clinch at least a berth in the wild-card game. … This is Chipper Jones’ final homestand. … The Braves will finish the regular season with three games at Pittsburgh on Oct. 1-3. … The Nationals have clinched a playoff berth, but finish with one game against the Brewers, six with the Phillies and three against the Cardinals. … The Braves are 14-7 this month.


Who’s hot:

Jason Heyward still needs one stolen base for a 20-20 season. His 27 home runs lead the Braves and he had six RBIs last week to boost his season’s total to a career-high 79. Five more RBIs would double his total from last season. … David Ross has eight home runs, his high for a season since hitting 17 in 2007. … Dan Uggla had six RBIs last week to lead the Braves. He has 90 walks, two from his career high of 92, set in 2009. … Martin Prado hit .389 (14-for-36) in his past 10 games and he’s tied his career high with 66 RBIs. … Craig Kimbrel hasn’t allowed a run in 9 1/3 innings this month to go with seven saves. His ERA is 1.08 this season. … Kimbrel, Chad Durbin, Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty didn’t allow a run in a combined 10 1/3 innings last week. 


Who’s not:

Freddie Freeman drove in five runs, but has only three hits in his past 19 at-bats. He’s struck out 11 times in the past 10 games. … Brian McCann has three hits in his past 17 at-bats with three RBIs. … Tommy Hanson is 2-4 with a 5.44 ERA in his past 10 starts. He hasn’t lasted longer than 5 2/3 innings since Aug. 17, a span of six starts. … Paul Maholm has given up eight runs and 13 hits in his past 11 innings. … Michael Bourn’s average fell to .272 on Friday, the lowest it had been since April 18, when he was at .216. He had two hits on Saturday, but injured his left thumb in that game and didn’t play Sunday. He has said he expects to play on Tuesday.


Injuries:

Atlanta: P Brandon Beachy (Tommy John surgery) will be out until next summer; SS Paul Janish (shoulder) at least two weeks; OF Matt Diaz (thumb) and P Jair Jurrjens (groin) and are on the 15-day DL.
Miami: 2B/CF Emilio Bonafacio (knee), OF Logan Morrison (knee) is on the 60-day DL and INF Nick Green (thumb) is on the 15-day DL.
N.Y. Mets: OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (foot); P Johan Santana (shoulder); P Dillon Gee (shoulder), P Tim Brydak (shoulder), P Mike Pelphrey (elbow) out for season. P Frank Francisco (elbow) likely will miss the rest of the season. 


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