Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks at Atlanta Braves

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Randall Delgado vs. Julio Teheran

-Delgado has never faced his former team before. He is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three appearances (two starts) this season. Delgado started 24 games for Atlanta over parts of 2011 and 2012. The Panama native was 5-10 with a 3.95 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 94 strikeouts in 127.2 innings in those starts. Delgado came to Arizona in a trade this winter with Martin Prado and two prospects for Justin Upton and Chris Johnson.

-Justin Upton is 0-for-2 vs. Delgado.

-B.J. Upton is 0-for-1 with a walk.

-Jordan Schafer is 2-for-3.

-Chris Johnson is 1-for-2.

-Teheran is O-1 with 3.60 ERA in two career starts vs. Arizona. He is 1-2 with a 3.44 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 18 innings over his last three starts. Teheran is 5-4 with a 3.32 ERA in 14 starts this season. He has 71 total strikeouts in 89.1 innings, he has also issued just 16 walks.

-Miguel Montero is 0-for-5 against Teheran.

-Paul Goldschmidt is 0-for-3.

-Didi Gregorius 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.

-Gerardo Parra is 2-for-5.

Both teams are leading their respective divisions. The Braves were expected to contend and so far they maybe overachieving. Outfielders Jason Heyward and B.J. Upton have struggled mightily with batting averages of .217 and .174 respectively. Early sparks of power from Justin Upton and rookie C/OF Evan Gattis (currently on the DL) helped propel the Braves into first in the division. Justin Upton has since cooled off with just one homer since mid -May. First baseman Freddie Freeman has now emerged has the offense leader with 48 RBIs and .304 batting average. Second baseman Dan Uggla is doing his best Adam Dunn/Jack Cust impression with 99 strikeouts, 44 walks, 13 homers and .198 batting average.

The Diamondbacks are paced by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (.310 BA, 19 homers, 67 RBIs and .957 OPS). Veteran Outfield Parra is hitting .307, while fellow vets Cody Ross (.255) and Jason Kubel (.267) have struggled to hit for power with seven homers between them.

Josh Johnson

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