Wednesday: Braves RH Mike Minor (1-0, 1.23)) vs. RH Alex Sanabia (1-0, 0.00)
About the Braves:
Batting: Justin Upton leads the NL with five homers in his first six games (22 at-bats) for the Braves. He has a .324 career average and six homers in 32 games against the Marlins, including 21-for-52 (.404) with three homers and 13 RBIs in 13 games since the beginning of the 2011 season…. Former Marlin Dan Uggla has eight homers and 32 RBIs in 35 games against his old team, including three homers and nine RBIs in eight games at Marlins Park.
Pitching: Maholm went 2-0 with a 1.27 ERA in three starts against the Marlins in 2012, and has a 5-5 and 4.28 ERA in 11 career starts against them…. Medlen is 2-1 with a 2.80 ERA in 15 games (five starts) against the Marlins, including 12 scoreless innings (six hits, two walks) with 11 strikeouts in three games (one start) at Marlins Park…. Minor is 1-2 with a 5.05 ERA in seven starts against Miami, but had a 2.25 ERA in two starts last season in Miami.
Miscellaneous: The Braves are 37-17 with a 2.67 ERA against Miami since the beginning of the 2010 season. That includes 14-4 with a 2.00 ERA in 2012, when the Braves held the Marlins to two runs or fewer in 12 of 18 games…. Jason Heyward went 11-for-34 (.324) with three doubles, three homers and seven RBIs in nine games at Marlins Park in 2012…. Juan Francisco is 9-for-19 with two homers and eight RBIs vs. the Marlins, including 3-for-6 with a homer at Marlins Park.
About the Marlins:
Batting: Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Sunday and is batting .182 (4-for-22) with four walks, 10 strikeouts and no RBIs in six games. He’s 2-for-4 against Maholm…. Donovan Solano went 3-for-5 with a double Sunday and has hit .333 (7-for-21) in six games after hitting .383 in 50 plate appearances in spring training.
Pitching: Closer Steve Cishek blew a save Sunday when he gave up two runs and two hits while recording one out in the ninth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Mets. He also gave up two runs in one inning Friday against the Mets…. Slowey is 1-1 with a 5.91 ERA in two starts against the Braves, with four homers allowed in 10-2/3 innings. B.J. Upton is 2-for-3 with a homer against him, and Heyward is 2-for-3…. LeBlanc is 0-3 with a 6.62 ERA in six games (three starts) against the Braves, while Sanabia has no decisions and a 3.86 ERA in three starts against them.
Miscellaneous: The Marlins play their home opener Monday after going 1-5 on a trip to Washington and New York. They were swept by the Nationals…. The Marlins hit two home runs in their first six games, by Greg Dobbs and Justin Ruggiano…. No current Marlin has homered off Maholm. Juan Pierre is 5-for-16 against him…. Chris Coghlan is 42-for-116 (.362) in 29 games against Atlanta, with nine doubles and a .426 OBP
Former Braves are likely to dominate the National Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2014 more than any team has in quite a while, and Bobby Cox could get the ball rolling Monday when the Veterans Committee announces its selections.
The Atlanta Braves delivered their pitch to real estate developers Friday, formally opening the search for a partner on a proposed $400 million mixed-use development adjacent to a new Cobb County stadium.
Atlanta Braves executives will return to work from their Thanksgiving travels Monday, still thankful for $300 million in public funding for a new stadium but aware that last week’s vote by the Cobb County Commission signaled the start of an unforgiving timetable to get the ballpark built by 2017.