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Braves/Padres Game Preview: Braves try to stop skid in San Diego

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Who will win this battle of the bottom-feeders?

Atlanta Braves v San Diego Padres Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

San Diego has been a house of horrors for the Braves in recent history.

You have to go back to August 28, 2012 to find the last time the Braves actually won a game in San Diego; that's one win in their last 12 contests (bonus points if you can name the Braves' starting pitcher in that game without cheating). If the Braves are going to put an end to that, it'll be up to Williams Perez to get it done in this the first game of a three-game series at Petco Park.

Perez wasn't as effective in his last start (3 ER in 5.2 IP) against the Giants as he was in his two starts prior (2 ER in 12.1 IP), but the Braves pulled out a victory in extras. The Braves have won six of Perez's eight starts; that's six of Atlanta's 16 total wins in 2016. Opposing him will be lefty Christian Friedrich.

Friedrich has four starts behind him since being called up May 13. Despite his 2.53 ERA, he's allowed 22 hits and issued 14 walks in 21.1 innings. If the Braves are patient enough and can get some timely hits, then just maybe they'll put an end to their San Diego woes.

Both teams have comparable offenses, being ranked in the bottom four in the Majors in slugging, OBP, and batting avg. If the Braves hope to win, they'll have to cool down Wil Myers, who is hitting .455 (10-22) over his last five games with four doubles and three homers and eight RBI.

Jon Jay has also been on a hot streak for the Padres: he's hitting an even .500 in June (12-24), and .389 (21-54) since May 24. Alexei Ramirez has an eight-game hitting streak, and is hitting .356 (16-45) in his last 12.

Matt Kemp leads the team with 14 homers; four of them in his last 10 games, and he just had a six-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday. Don't expect him to take a walk, though: he has just four in 241 PA, which may account for his .245 OBP.

On the flip side, our old friend B.J. Melvin Upton, Jr. is just three for his last 28 (.107).

Game Info

Date/Time: Monday, June 6, 2016 - 10:10 p.m. ET

Location: Petco Park - San Diego, CA

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Radio: WYAY 106.7 FM, AM 680/93.7 FM, Braves Radio Network