Series Preview: Atlanta Braves at Arizona Diamondbacks

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The Braves head to the deserts of Arizona for a three-game series with the Diamondbacks, wrapping up a 10-game road trip.

One more stop remains for the Braves on their 10-game road trip. Atlanta will try to right the ship once again in the 100-degree heat of Arizona against the Diamondbacks.

Handshakes and hugs will certainly be handed out between former teammates of Justin Upton and Martin Prado. While Upton has performed to expectations in Atlanta, the same cannot be said of Prado in Arizona. Prado's batting average is un-Prado-like at .223 for the season with a .272 OBP, but has improved since the end of April, gathering 10 hits in 11 games in May.

Let's not forget Eric Hinske. After three years in Atlanta, Hinske signed with Arizona as a free agent. He leads the D-backs with six hits off the bench.

Making a big splash so far in 2013 has been Didi Gregorius. He brings a .362 avg. into the series; of course, starting the season with a 10-game hitting streak among your first 15 games certainly helps.

Leading the offense, though, are Gerardo Parra and Paul Goldschmidt. The big first baseman punished the Dodgers last week in a three-game sweep, belting four home runs with nine RBI, increasing his team-leading totals to nine homers and 30 RBI. Parra leads the team with 47 hits and a .315 avg. He's yet to hit a dry spell this year; he hasn't gone more than one game without a hit and is hitting .333 in May (13/39). While Parra and Goldschmidt have been on fire, Miguel Montero has yet to get on track. The All-Star catcher from 2011 has so far struggled to a .197 avg. in 35 games in 2013.

Arizona has the NL's third-best ERA at 3.45, helped in large part to Patrick Corbin. The young lefty is sixth in the NL with a 1.75 ERA and has been nothing short of dominating. He has not allowed more than two runs in any of his seven starts and, not surprisingly, Arizona has won all of them. He's a fastball-slider pitcher with 29 of his 36 strikeouts coming via the slider.

On the other hand, Atlanta has won all six of Julio Teheran's starts in 2013. Corbin and Teheran oppose each other in the middle game of the three-game series, and Teheran has pitched much better lately after a shaky start, so something will have to give.

Of the Arizona starters in this series, Ian Kennedy has been the most inconsistent. In only two of his starts has he not allowed a home run and he's allowed at least four runs in four of his starts. Wade Miley is coming off an All-Star year in 2012 when he won 16 games with a 3.33 ERA. Miley, along with Corbin and Trevor Cahill, gives the D-backs three starters with sub-3.00 ERAs.

Monday, May 13, 9:40 p.m. ET

Mike Minor

#36 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-4

205

R

L

Dec 26, 1987

W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2013 - Mike Minor 4-2 2.96 0.90 38 8

Wade Miley

#36 / Pitcher / Arizona Diamondbacks

6-0

220

L

L

Nov 13, 1986

W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2013 - Wade Miley 3-1 2.93 1.35 34 17

Tuesday, May 14, 9:40 p.m. ET

Julio Teheran

#49 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-2

175

R

R

Jan 27, 1991

W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2013 - Julio Teheran 2-0 4.84 1.53 23 8

Patrick Corbin

#46 / Pitcher / Arizona Diamondbacks

6-2

185

L

L

Jul 19, 1989

W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2013 - Patrick Corbin 5-0 1.75 1.06 36 12


Wednesday, May 15, 3:40 p.m. ET

Tim Hudson

#15 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-1

175

R

R

Jul 14, 1975

W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2013 - Tim Hudson 4-2 4.70 1.24 35 13

Ian Kennedy

#31 / Pitcher / Arizona Diamondbacks

6-0

190

R

R

Dec 19, 1984

W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2013 - Ian Kennedy 1-3 4.83 1.33 37 20


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