Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (52-72) vs. Durham Bulls (70-54)
Tue: RHP Kameron Loe (4-3, 3.21) vs. RHP Jake Odorizzi (8-5, 3.88)
Wed: LHP Yohan Flande (7-7, 4.46) vs. LHP Mike Montgomery (7-5, 4.24)
Thu: RHP Cody Martin (2-4, 3.97) vs.RHP Merrill Kelly (6-3, 3.45)
Fri: RHP David Hale (6-7, 2.99) vs. RHP Matt Buschmann (6-1, 2.95)
The Gwinnett Braves avoided a sweep of Monday afternoon, winning the finale against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 3-1. The G-Braves are 4-6 in their last 10 games and are 3-11 against the Durham Bulls this season.
Batters: Phil Gosselin has carried the G-Braves offense, connecting in six straight games. In his last ten games, he is hitting .344 (11-for-32) with two runs scored. On the season, he is batting .279 (43-for-154) with two doubles, one triple, two homers and 11 RBI. Since returning from Atlanta, Jose Constanza has been solid bat at the top of the order. In three games, he is hitting .308 (4-for-13) with one run scored and one RBI.
Pitchers: Yohan Flande has been the best G-Braves arm of late. In his last two outings, he is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA. He has struck out 13 and walked one in that span. He has fared well against Durham, as he was won two of the three games against the Bulls. In five games (two starts), Flande is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA against Durham. He will get the ball in game two. Game four starter, David Hale, has matched Flande’s success lately. In his last two starts, he is 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA. Hale has been solid against Durham , tossing 12.1 innings, scattering 11 hits and allowing three runs (two earned, but has dropped both contests against the Bulls.
Batters: Leslie Anderson comes into town swinging a hot bat. In his last five games, he is hitting .357 (5-for-14) with two runs scored, one homer and five RBI. He lead the team with a .316 (118-for-373) batting average, 14 homers and 69 RBI. He has feasted against the G-Braves staff, hitting .333 (12-for-36) with three homers and nine RBI. Cole Figueroa enters the series, hitting .392 (20-for-51) with three doubles, one triple, one homer and nine RBI against G-Braves in 2013. He holds the best BA against the Braves.
Pitchers: Right-hander Merrill Kelly is 3-1 with a 1.44 ERA in four starts against the Braves. In 25 innings against the G-Braves, he has allowed 18 hits and eight walks, while striking out 20. Matt Buschmann will take the ball in the finale. He is 6-1 with a 2.95 ERA in 14 games (13 starts). In his lone start against the Braves, he is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA (7 IP/ 1 ER).
Bull-Headed: The International League leader in wins, J.D. Martin will not pitch in the series, as he pitched on Sunday night. He is 14-4 with a 2.77 ERA and is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA against the G-Braves in 2013.