Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves Series Preview

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After a long road trip, the Braves return home to the friendly confines of Turner Field to take on the Dodgers.

The Dodgers enter at 17-22 on the year, good enough for last place in the National League West and 5.5 games back of the division leading San Francisco Giants.

As a team, Los Angeles is fourth in the National League in batting average (.261), second in on-base average (.333), 14th in slugging percentage (.368), 10th in wOBA (.307), ninth in wRC+ (97), and 14th in ISO (.107).

Individually, the Dodgers are being led by a rejuvenated and finally healthy Carl Crawford. He leads the team in home runs (5) and stolen bases (8) while hitting .311/.369/.481 with a .367 wOBA and a 139 wRC+. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez still hasn't found his power stroke (.159 ISO), but he's hitting really well overall with a line of .349/.401/.508, a wOBA of .387, and a wRC+ of 153.

Speaking of not finding his power stroke, Matt Kemp has posted a measly .074 ISO and a line of .282/.329/.356 with a .295 wOBA and 89 wRC+. Fellow outfielder Andre Either is hitting .267/.355/.385 with a .318 wOBA and 105 wRC+.

Catcher A.J. Ellis enters the series with a 13.6% walk rate, good for second on the team behind Juan Uribe. Ellis is hitting .286/.385/.411 with a .354 wOBA and 130 wRC+ while Uribe has hit .259/.397/.362 with a .337 wOBA and 118 wRC+ in 73 plate appearances.

In only 93 plate appearances, Nick Punto has been doing well at the plate, riding a 13% walk rate and a .417 BABIP to a line of .333/.418/.423 with a .373 wOBA and 143 wRC+. The same can't be said for Skip Schumaker, who enters with a line of .183/.301/.239 with a .257 wOBA and 62 wRC+.

Pitching matchups:

Friday May 17, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Paul Maholm

Sorry, the capsules aren't working for whatever reason. There were plenty of skeptics when the Dodgers outbid everyone and dropped a six year, $36 million deal on Ryu, a left-hander out of South Korea. However, early returns on the deal look really good for Los Angeles. Ryu enters the series with a 3.40 ERA, 3.18 FIP, and 3.35 xFIP.

He's striking out almost 25 percent (24.8%) of batters faced while walking 7.3% of hitters faced with a 43.4% groundball rate. In terms of stuff, he throws a four-seam fastball (average velocity of 90.80 miles per hour), slider (average velocity of 82.99 mph), curveball (average velocity of 71.65 mph), and a changeup (average velocity of 80.42 mph). Courtesy of Brooks Baseball, here's a breakdown of Ryu's pitch usage:

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Splits: LHH's are hitting .189/.268/.297 against him. RHH's are hitting .253/.307/.387.

Saturday May 18th, 7:10 PM EDT

Chris Capuano vs. Kris Medlen

The Braves will face another lefty Saturday in Capuano, who enters with a 6.60 ERA, 5.09 FIP, and 3.93 xFIP. As his xFIP shows, he hasn't been as bad as his ERA looks. Capuano has experienced some bad luck in terms of home runs, allowing three in 15 innings of work and a 20.0% HR/FB rate.

Capuano has a multitude of offerings, but doesn't utilize all of them. He throws a four-seam fastball (average velocity of 90.15 mph), sinker (average velocity of 88.99 mph), cutter (average velocity of 81.02 mph), slider (average velocity of 80.26 mph), curve (average velocity of 74.64 mph), and changeup (average velocity of 78.65 mph). Here's his pitch usage chart:

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Splits: LHH's are hitting .250/.286/.300 against him. RHH's are hitting .333/.417/.628 off of him.

Sunday May 19th, 1:35 PM EDT

Matt Magill vs. Mike Minor

Rookie Matt Magill gets the start Sunday in the series finale. In three starts this year, Magill has a 6.92 ERA, 4.87 FIP, and a 5.87xFIP with a 17.5% strikeout rate and a whopping 15.9% walk rate. He is basically a four-seam fastball (average velocity of 91.91 mph) /slider (average velocity of 85.03 mph) pitcher, but will mix in a changeup (average velocity of 82.80 mph) as well. Pitch usage chart:

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Splits: LHH's are hitting .313/.500/.563 against him. RHH's are batting .222/.317/.250 off of him.

***Again, pitch charts are courtesy of Brooks Baseball.***

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