Monday, June 10, 2013

Game 64 Preview: Atlanta Braves (39-24) at San Diego Padres (29-34)

Pitching Probables:
RHP Julio Teheran (ATL) 4-2, 3.30 ERA
RHP Jason Marquis (SD) 7-2, 3.73 ERA

Tonight's Starting Lineups (10:10 pm ET, SportSouth):

Braves (career vs. Marquis):
Andrelton Simmons - SS (N/A)
Jason Heyward - RF (2-6, 2B, HR, RBI, 3 K)
Justin Upton - LF (2-11, 2B, BB, K)
Freddie Freeman - 1B (2-4, 2 BB)
Brian McCann - C (5-15, 2 2B, RBI, 5 BB)
Dan Uggla - 2B (4-16, 2B, HR, RBI, 3 BB, 2 K)
Chris Johnson - 3B (0-5, K)
BJ Upton - CF (N/A)
Julio Teheran - P (N/A)

Padres (2013 season stats):
Everth Cabrera - SS (.298/.374/.416 4 HR 24 RBI)
Alexi Amarista - CF (.260/.293/.425 4 HR 16 RBI)
Chase Headley - 3B (.230/.336/.361 5 HR 18 RBI)
Carlos Quentin - LF (.264/.366/.493 7 HR 21 RBI)
Kyle Blanks - 1B (.298/.383/.518 6 HR 21 RBI)
Will Venable - RF (.224/.282/.416 7 HR 21 RBI)
Logan Forsythe - 2B (making 2013 debut)
Yasmani Grandal - C (.167/.279/.222 0 HR 3 RBI)
Jason Marquis - P (.115/.115/.115 0 HR 0 RBI)

Julio Teheran flirted with history in his last start, falling just four outs shy of notching Atlanta's 15th no-hitter in franchise history, and the first since 1994 when Kent Mercker completed the feat. Teheran allowed just one hit in eight shutout innings, walking two and striking out 11 in a 5-0 win against the Pirates last Wednesday. The righty looks to build on his best performance in his career when he takes the mound tonight against the Padres at Petco Park. Teheran's near no-hit bid was just the latest in a stretch of great outings by the rookie since late April.
In that start against Pittsburgh, Teheran recorded his sixth consecutive quality start, logging more than seven innings or more for the fourth time during that stretch. He also recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts after striking out nine in the previous start against the Nationals on May 31.
Teheran has been a key arm for the Braves' rotation, who leads thr Majors with a team ERA of 3.17 and rank third among starting rotations with a 3.32 ERA.
Toeing the rubber tonight for the Friars is former Brave, Jason Marquis, whom was selected in the first round of the 1996 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Like Teheran, Marquis is also coming off solid outing, allowing two runs on just three hits in 6 1/3 innings in the Padres' 6-2 win over the Dodgers. The win marked his sixth straight winning decision, the longest such streak since 2006 when he was with the Cardinals. Marquis leads the Padres with seven victories this season and is on pace for double-digits wins for the first time since winning 15 games with the Rockies in 2009.

Dan Uggla heating up:
Braves 2B Dan Uggla is beginning to catch fire. Since June 4th, the slugger is hitting .318 (7-for-22) with three home runs and seven runs driven in. In that stretch, Uggla has raised his batting averaged from .175 to .193.
Uggla went through a similar stretch in his first season with Atlanta in 2011, hitting .186 through the club's first 86 games. Uggla then went on a 33-game hitting streak which upped his averaged to .232. Uggla ended that season leading all second basemen in home runs with 36 home runs and drove in 82 runs.

Side note:
Julio Teheran makes his first career start tonight against the Padres. He's 4-2 with a 3.30 ERA in 11 starts this season.
In nine starts against his former team, Jason Marquis is 3-5 with an inflated ERA of 7.69.
Braves are 7-2 so far in the month of June, including 3-1 in one-run games. Atlanta has the second best record in the Majors, just two games behind the Cardinals for the best record.
After going 2-4 on their six-game road trip, Padres return home for a six-game homestand against the Braves and Diamondbacks.

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