NEXT: VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Time: 7:10 p.m.
Probable starting pitchers: Braves RH Matt Wisler (3-1, 3.10 ERA) vs. RH Brandon Beachy (0-1, 6.75)
Comment: We’ll get to Wisler in a second. The real news of this matchup is Beachy, the former Brave who is making his second start back after 23 months out following his second Tommy John surgery. Beachy made his first start for the Dodgers on July 11, giving up three earned runs in four innings and struggling with his command in a three-walk outing. Beachy had gone 1-1 with a 2.41 ERA in five starts over a minor league rehabilitation, with 10 walks and 12 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings. OK, back to Wisler, who is making his sixth major league start. Wisler can bring some confidence from his last time out when he made a quality start at Coors Field, giving up two earned runs in six innings of a no-decision.
Time: 7:10 p.m.
Probable starting pitchers: Braves LH Alex Wood (6-6, 3.76) vs. LH Brett Anderson (5-5, 3.17)
Comment: Wood is just glad to be anywhere other than Coors Field, where he had a start washed out by rain after only two pitches and then gave up seven earned runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings two days later. Wood has given up 10 hits, his season-high, three times in his past four starts, not including the two-pitch night. Anderson is putting up his best season since his rookie year with the Oakland A’s in 2009. He has quality starts in five of his past six starts for the Dodgers, while going 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA.
Time: 12:10 p.m.
Probable starting pitchers: RH Julio Teheran (6-4, 4.53) vs. RH Mike Bolsinger (4-3, 3.04)
Comment: Teheran will be eager to go deep in the game after being pulled for a reliever with two outs in the fifth inning of his last start Friday night against the Cubs, when Anthony Rizzo came to the plate. The last time he came out of a game in the fifth inning was May 26 at Dodgers Stadium when the Dodgers knocked him around for eight runs on 10 hits of an 8-0 win. Teheran is 0-3 with a 6.86 ERA in three career starts against the Dodgers, not including his lopsided loss (six earned runs in 2 2/3 innings) in Game 3 of the 2013 Division Series. The Braves shouldn’t expect to see Bolsinger for long. He’s pitched into the sixth inning only twice in his past nine starts. That’s because batters are hitting .215 against him in the first through fourth innings and .297 in the fifth and sixth innings.
— Carroll Rogers Walton
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