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St. Louis Cardinals
A sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals last month was the launching point for the Atlanta Braves' lengthy winning streak.
Now, the Cardinals will look to take advantage of a depleted Braves lineup in the opener of a four-game set Thursday night in St. Louis.
The Braves (77-49) started their 14-game run - the majors' longest in 11 seasons - by taking three in a row at home over St. Louis from July 26-28, limiting the Cardinals to three runs and 14 hits. They've cooled off somewhat, winning six of their last 10, but will be without Jason Heyward and possibly Justin Upton on Thursday.
Heyward is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken jaw after being hit by a pitch in a 4-1, 10-inning road victory over the Mets on Wednesday. He recorded a 1.005 OPS with 15 RBIs in 23 games since being moving to the leadoff spot July 27, and the Braves are 19-4 during that stretch.
Upton missed his second straight game since straining his upper back while taking swings prior to Tuesday's 5-3 loss, though he said he thinks he will be ready to face St. Louis (73-53). Upton is batting .377 with seven home runs and 15 RBIs in his last 17 games.
Atlanta remains the lone team to knock off the Cardinals with Thursday's scheduled starter Joe Kelly (4-3, 3.01 ERA) on the mound since St. Louis added him to the rotation over a month ago.
Kelly is 4-0 with a 2.23 ERA in seven starts since July 6. He threw 6 1-3 scoreless innings while allowing seven hits in a 2-0 loss at Atlanta on July 27.
The right-hander matched a season high with six strikeouts his last time out, yielding four hits over six innings of a 4-0 road win over the Cubs on Saturday.
"He's stepped up and really taken advantage of it," manager Mike Matheny said. "You can tell he can't wait to get the ball."
Atlanta will activate left-hander Paul Maholm (9-9, 4.41) from the disabled list for his first start since July 20 due to a bruised wrist. Maholm has been much worse on the road, going 4-7 with a 6.03 ERA in 13 outings compared to a 1.93 ERA in seven starts at Turner Field.
St. Louis might not be the ideal opponent for him to return against, as he's 0-3 with a 6.18 ERA in his last five matchups.
The series will feature the top two contenders for the NL batting title in Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Braves third baseman Chris Johnson, who are both hitting .332. Molina is 10 for 27 in six games since returning from a sprained knee, though he was 0 for 4 in an 8-6 win in Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Johnson, who was 7 for 10 in these teams' first series, hit a three-run homer in the top of the 10th on Wednesday.
Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig homered in a six-run second inning for the Cardinals on Wednesday. Beltran, Craig, Matt Holliday, David Freese and Matt Carpenter combined to go 5 for 50 against Atlanta last month.
Beltran is 9 for 24 with two homers and two doubles off Maholm, while Craig is 6 for 14 with three doubles.
The Cardinals have lost eight of nine regular-season meetings with the Braves.
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No word yet on Heyward’s condition Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward was hit in the face with a pitch by New York Mets starter Jonathan Niese in Wednesday afternoon’s game. The left-handed Niese came up and in with a fastball as the left-handed Heyward leaned into the plate. Heyward was able to turn away from the pitch, but it caught him on the right side of the jaw...
The Atlanta Braves lost a huge bat in the lineup on Wednesday, as outfielder Jason Heyward fractured his jaw in two places when New York Mets’ pitcher Jonathon Niese hit him in the sixth inning in what would prove to be a 4-1 victory for the Braves. The injury is a very significant one for the Braves’ first round pick from the 2007 MLB Draft, as it will likely be 4-6 weeks before...
The sixth inning of the Braves-Mets game on Wednesday offered up a scary moment, as Atlanta outfielder Jason Heyward was hit near the head with a 90-mile-per-hour fastball from Jonathan Niese.
Heyward, who entered the game as one of the most productive second-half hitters in baseball, took the 1-2 pitch up near the right side of his jaw -- the video appears to show it nicked his...
Braves outfielder Jason Heyward had surgery Thursday on his broken right jaw after he was struck by a pitch.
The team has not said how long he will be out, but he could miss the rest of the regular season.
Dr. Glenn Maron operated in Atlanta, one day after Heyward was injured. He inserted plates in both places where the jaw was fractured.
Atlanta has a commanding lead in the NL...
As reported a few hours ago by our own Robert Murray, Jason Heyward's jaw was broken in two places when he was hit by Jonathan Niese fastball today. Jason is due for surgery tomorrow on his fractured jaw back in Atlanta.
But what exactly does this mean for the Braves? They have already had 6 season ending surgeries this season, and despite it all, they have MLB's best...
Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton was held out of the lineup for the second consecutive game last night as he continues to be hampered by an upper-back strain. He was available to pinch-hit last night, and manager Fredi Gonzalez told reporters -- including Chris Iseman of MLB.com -- that he's hoping Upton recovers to the point where he's able to rejoin the lineup in...
This is exactly why I was not real interested in playing baseball as a kid (that and I sucked). Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was hit in the face with pitch during today's game against the New York Mets.
If it sounds like it hurts, well--it does. The poor man was spitting blood when he was helped off the field.
He was taken to the hospital for further examination...
ATLANTA -- The Braves have solidified their place on the short list of World Series contenders in 2013, but no other team on that list has encountered more misfortune in the process. As Jason Heyward's fractured jaw illustrated once more on Wednesday afternoon, Atlanta's 77-49 record has not come without a price.
Sure, the Boston Red Sox have played without starter Clay...
In an incredibly scary moment, Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward hit the dirt after being hit by a pitch in what looks like the ear/back of the head area.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was taken to a hospital after being hit in the face with a pitch in Wednesday’s game against the New York Mets.
The incident occurred in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game. Mets pitcher Jon Niese was on the mound and threw a pitch which hit Heyward in the face. The pitch did not appear to be intentional and both Mets catcher John Buck...
Remember a few hours ago when we brought you the news that Jason Heyward was hit in the face by a pitch from Jonathon Niese of the New York Mets? Well, the news isn't good for Atlanta's right fielder, as the plunking fractured his jaw and will cost him four to six weeks.
Heyward has been a major reason for Atlanta's 23-8 record in the second half. Since the All...
Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is out of the team’s lineup for the next 4-6 weeks.
Heyward was drilled by a fastball delivered by New York Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s 4-1 victory.
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I can’t let good defense go unnoticed as Heyward, Thomas & Young made some tremendous catches on Monday night for their respective teams. None of them are part of a law firm nor in contentions of getting a Gold Glove this year but all three made another night of Major League Baseball worth watching.
Here is Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward...
One day after Jason Heyward was lost for 4-6 weeks with a fractured jaw, the Braves released another potentially tough bit of news as Brandon Beachy will see Dr. James Andrews to have his surgically repaired elbow examined.
Beachy has seen a dip in velocity since coming back from Tommy John surgery, with his fastball going from 91.2 mph in his first game back July 29 -- which is...
FOX Sports South.com checks in with play-by-play announcer Chip Caray to get the latest on the Braves.
FOX SPORTS SOUTH: Jason Heyward is the latest Brave to land on the disabled list, yet despite all the injuries this season, they have continued to produce. What do you credit that to?
CHIP CARAY: Depth.
General manager Frank Wren made it a point in the offseason to continue...