Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 8/6/12
Monday: Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. (SportSouth); Ben Sheets (3-1, 1.46 ERA) vs. Vance Worley (6-6, 3.63) Tuesday: Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. (SportSouth); Mike Minor (6-7, 5.01) vs. Cole Hamels (11-6, 3.34) Wednesday: Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. (SportSouth); Tim Hudson (11-4, 3.45) vs. Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45) Friday: Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. (FOX Sports South, Peachtree TV); Paul Maholm (9-7, 3.75) vs. Jeremy Hefner (2-4, 5.04) Saturday: Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. (FOX Sports South, Peachtree TV); Kris Medlen (2-1, 2.37) vs. Matt Harvey (1-2, 3.86) Sunday: Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 8 p.m. (ESPN); Sheets vs. Jonathan Neise (8-5, 3.72) Look out for The Braves head back to Philadelphia, where they swept the Phillies on July 6-8. The Braves have won six straight against the Phillies, who have traded outfielders Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino and pitcher Joe Blanton. The Braves are 16-7 since the All-Star break and went 8-2 on their recent 10-game homestand. The Braves are on the road for six games before returning for a seven-game homestand against the Padres and Dodgers. Tommy Hanson is on the DL with a lower back strain, but the Braves have retooled their rotation with the additions of Paul Maholm and Kris Medlen and have been bolstered by Mike Minors resurgence. Brian McCann is hitting .310 with six home runs and 16 RBIs in seven games against the Phillies. Whos hot The Braves bullpen has given up only 18 earned runs in the past 92 23 innings for a 1.75 ERA. As a staff, the Braves have given up 18 runs in the past 11 games, and they have given up just one run in seven of those games. The team ERA has shrank to 3.74, sixth in the NL. Freddie Freeman has 12 hits in his past 32 at-bats (.375) with five RBIs. He leads the Braves with 65 RBIs. Chipper Jones, who leads the Braves with a .320 average, has hit .343 (12-for-35) with a home run and seven RBIs in his past 10 games. McCann and backup C David Ross have combined for 12 homers and 27 RBIs since July 4. Jason Heyward has scored 11 runs in his past 10 games. Michael Bourn has hit .220 in the past month, but is tied for fourth in the NL with 72 runs. Martin Prado had never stolen more than five bases in a season, but he has 14 this year. Whos not Dan Uggla, who has five RBIs this month, is second in the NL with 123 strikeouts. The Braves are the only team in the NL with three players -- Uggla, Bourn (108) and Heyward (106) -- with 100 or more strikeouts. Uggla had 18 home runs at Turner Field last year; he has four this season. Bourn hit .250 in July and is hitting only .125 this month (2-for-16). Hes at .286, his lowest average since he was at .283 on April 19. Prado has hit .238 in his past 10 games, dropping his average to .300. He was hitting .325 on July 5. Injuries Atlanta: P Brandon Beachy (Tommy John surgery) will be out until next summer; SS Andrelton Simmons (finger), SS Jack Wilson (finger), OF Matt Diaz (thumb), P Jair Jurrjens (groin) and P Tommy Hanson (back) are on the 15-day DL. Philadelphia: 3B Placido Polanco (back) and C Carlos Ruiz (foot) are on the 15-day DL. N.Y. Mets: P Johan Santana (ankle, shoulder) is on the 15-day DL. On the farm Sean Gilmartin gave up seven hits and three earned runs in 6 23 innings in his second start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday. The Braves 2011 first-round pick has allowed six runs in 13 23 innings at Gwinnett. 1B Ernesto Mejia leads the International League with 82 RBIs and is hitting .309 with 23 home runs. OFC Evan Gattis has hit .346 (9-for-26) with a double, two triples, and two homers since his return from the DL. 1B3B Joey Terdoslavich is hitting .307 with 34 RBIs in 51 games since being demoted to Double-A Mississippi. Lucas Sims, this years first-round pick, earned his first pro victory on Saturday. He gave up one hit and one walk and struck out five in five innings for Danville (advanced Rookie League).
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