Minnesota Twins (18-22) at Atlanta Braves (25-18)
Kevin Correia vs. Julio Teheran
-Correia is 3-2 in 11 career appearances against the Braves with a 3.51 ERA.
-Justin Upton is 14-for-42 lifetime against Correia with a homer and seven strikeouts.
-Dan Uggla is 5-for-17 with a homer.
-Jason Heyward is 1-for-6.
-Teheran has never faced the Twins before. He is 2-1 in seven starts this season with a 4.57 ERA. He has also struck out 26 batters in 41.3 innings.
-No Twin has ever faced Teheran.
Mike Pelfrey vs. Tim Hudson
-Pelfrey is 4-9 in 16 career appearances vs. the Braves with a 5.65 ERA.
-Brian McCann is 18-for-39 lifetime against Pelfrey, with two homers, 10 RBIs and five walks.
-Uggla is 13-for-32 with 11 RBIs.
-Justin Upton is 4-for-11 with three RBIs, five walks and five strikeouts.
-Hudson is 6-3 with a 2.13 ERA in 14 career appearances vs. Minnesota.
He is 1-2 in his last three starts with a 7.88 ERA.
-Joe Mauer is 1-for-7 vs. Hudson.
-Josh Willingham is 1-for-20 with three walks and seven strikeouts.
-Justin Morneau is 2-for-10.
Vance Worley vs. Paul Maholm
-Worley is 1-1 in six career appearances vs. Atlanta with a 3.57 ERA.
-Uggla is 4-for-9 vs. Worley with two homers and three walks.
-McCann is 3-for-10. -Freddie Freeman is 3-for-7 with a pair of RBIs.
-Maholm is 0-1 with an 8.25 ERA in two career appearances against our Twins. He is 2-1 with a 5.63 ERA in his three last starts.
-Willingham is 2-for-16 vs. Maholm with a homer.
-Mauer is 4-for-5.
The Braves made Major headlines this off-season, when they inked the Upton brothers to join right fielder Jason Heyward in one of the greatest young outfields ever assembled. So far Justin Upton has exploded with 14 homers (he had 17 all of last season). B.J. Upton has struggled, hitting just .140. Heyward who has already made a trip to the DL is also struggling with a .145 batting average. The Braves are still very much in their divisional race.
Rookie catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis has shown a lot of promise by bashing seven homers.
Atlanta enters this series with a damaged bullpen having just put Jordan Walden and Eric O’Flaherty on the DL (they are also without Johnny Venters who is having his second Tommy John Surgery). Closer Craig Kimbrel has shown signs mortality but he has already recorded 12 saves and struck out 23 batters in 15.1 innings.
- Atlanta Braves News: Braves Play Hot and Cold (isportsweb.com)
- Braves Surprise Line-Up In Opener Against Twins (atlantabullpen.com)