May 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm by Kevin Orris under Atlanta Braves
Back on Track
After dropping four straight in Cincinnati, the Braves look to get back on track tonight against the Washington Nationals. With a series win this weekend, Atlanta would reclaim first place in the NL East.
Ross Detwiler will oppose Tim Hudson in his fourth career start against Atlanta. In 19.1 career innings against the Braves, Detwiler has posted a 3.26 ERA and a 1.500 WHIP. The St. Louis, Mo. native relies predominantly on a low-90′s sinker mixed with a four-seam fastball, curveball and changeup.
Chipper Jones pinch hit in Wednesday’s game but did not appear yesterday. He remains day-to-day.
Brian McCann has been scratched from the lineup the past three days due to an illness. He remains day-to-day.
Update (5:30 p.m.): ESPN Stats and Info wrote about Tim Hudson’s dominance and the upcoming series today. Thanks to Harris K. for the heads up.
Update (4:30): Sam Fuld joined the FanGraphs Audio crew to talk about his experience working sabermetrics into the Tampa Bay Rays vs. Atlanta Braves broadcast last Sunday. We had a live chat during that game and many folks really seemed to enjoy the broadcast. Thanks to Harris K. for the heads up.
Update (4:00 p.m.): Jayson Stark writes for ESPN.com about Kris Medlen potentially moving to the starting rotation at some point this season. Here’s a quick excerpt: “We have a guy internally who’s probably better than any arm who will be available, and that’s Kris Medlen. He’s never thrown over 120 innings in a season, so we’ve got to be careful with his innings. But if we feel we need a guy late in the season, we wouldn’t be afraid to take him out of the bullpen and transition him into the rotation.” Thanks to reader Jacob Z. for the heads up.
Kevin Goheen of MLB.com wrote about the Cincinnati Reds tribute to Chipper Jones prior to yesterday’s game.
Mark Bowman of MLB.com wrote about the upcoming series with Washington, Jason Heyward’s struggles and Michael Bourn’s recent power surge.
I contributed to ESPN.com’s Triple Play preview for the upcoming weekend.
Ex-Brave Nate McLouth has been DFA’d by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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