Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 5/7/12
Schedule Monday: Atlanta at Chicago, 8:05 p.m. (SportSouth); Probable starters: Tommy Hanson (3-2, 3.74 ERA) vs. Jeff Samardzija (3-1, 3.41) Tuesday: Atlanta at Chicago, 8:05 p.m. (SportSouth); Randall Delgado (2-3, 5.14) vs. Ryan Dempster (0-1, 0.95) Wednesday: Atlanta at Chicago, 2:20 p.m. (SportSouth); Tim Hudson (1-0, 6.55) vs. Paul Maholm (3-2, 5.13) Thursday: Off Friday: Atlanta at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. (Peachtree TVFOX SportsSouth); Mike Minor (2-2, 5.97) vs. Jaime Garcia (2-2, 3.76) Saturday: Atlanta at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m. (Peachtree TVFOX SportsSouth); Brandon Beachy (3-1, 1.62) vs. Adam Wainwright (2-3, 5.61) Sunday: Atlanta at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m. (FOX SportsSouthTBS); Hanson vs. Lance Lynn (5-0, 1.60) Look out for Fresh off a three-game sweep of the Rockies their first in Colorado since 2003 -- the Braves continue their 10-day road trip with three games in Chicago and three in St. Louis. The Cubs took two of three games against the Dodgers this weekend, but have scored only 98 runs this season, 13th in the NL and 64 behind the Braves, who lead the NL with 162 runs. The Braves averaged 9.7 runs a game in their sweep of the Rockies. They took three of four from the Cubs in Chicago last August, before flying into New York and into Hurricane Irene, which began their September collapse. The Cardinals, the defending World Series champs, enter the week having outscored their opponents by 62 runs, the highest margin in MLB. Whos hot The Braves are hitting .271 as a team, which is second in the NL, and have hit 33 home runs, which is tied with the Brewers for second behind the Rockies, who have 34. Eric Hinske has 10 hits in his past 17 at-bats for a .588 average with a home run and four RBIs in that span. Chipper Jones (.360), Michael Bourn (.353) and Freddie Freeman (.333) have been hot the past seven days. Jones has nine RBIs and Freeman has eight in that time. Jason Heyward has three home runs and nine RBIs in seven games at Wrigley Field. Chicago 1B Bryan LaHair is hitting .390 and has hit seven of the teams 15 home runs. No other Cubs player has more than two homers. Jeff Samardzija, a former reliever, has been the Cubs best starter this spring, at 3-1 and 3.41 ERA. Hes 1-0 with a 0.63 ERA in his past two starts. Cubs SS Starlin Castro is hitting .345 with 18 RBIs. Whos not Mike Minor has allowed 15 runs in 11 13 innings in his past two starts. His ERA has ballooned from 3.42 to 5.97. Closer Craig Kimbrel has given up one run in each of his past three appearances with one blown save. Heyward is hitting only .200 in his past five games. Chicagos Carlos Marmol, who has blown two saves and has a 5.59 ERA, lost his closing job to Rafael Dolis, who has a win and a save in the past two games. Cubs starter Chris Volstad is 0-4 with a 6.55 ERA. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, a former 20-game winner and former No. 1 pick of the Braves, is 2-3 with a 5.61 ERA coming back from Tommy John surgery, which caused him to miss the 2011 season. Injuries St. Louis: 1B Lance Berkman (calf), P Chris Carpenter (shoulder) and P Scott Linebrink (back) likely will miss the series. On the farm Braves starter Jair Jurrjens is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 15 innings at Triple-A Gwinnett. Hes allowed three runs in 15 innings, including two in eight innings in Sundays victory against Charlotte. OF Luis Durango is tied for the International League lead with 14 steals and has been caught only once. 1B Ernesto Mejia leads Gwinnett with 19 RBIs. OFC Evan Gattis hit .333 with three homers and eight RBIs in his first week at Double-A Mississippi, where he is seeing time in left field to increase his versatility. He has 12 homers and 37 RBIs in a combined 27 games at Mississippi and High-A Lynchburg. SS Andrelton Simmons is hitting .323 with 13 RBIs and six steals. C Christian Bethancourt has an injured hamstring and hasnt played since April 29. Hes hitting .268 with six RBIs.
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