The Atlanta Braves come home for a 10-game homestand at SunTrust Park against Pittsbugh, Philadelphia and New York.
The Braves (36-29) come home in second place in the NL East, one game behind the Phillies, and off a 4-2 road trip where they won one game against the Pirates in Pittsbugh, and swept Miami.
With Atlanta getting the unprobable victory by scoring four in the ninth to send the game to extra innings and then winning in the 12th, it will try to capitalize on that momentum by playing well tonight. The Braves are only 2-3 this season in the first game back at home following a road trip.
Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuna and Dansby Swanson have combined for eight home runs and 19 RBIs over the last week. All three hit over .300 for the road trip and they will try to remain hot this week.
The Pirates (30-34) come in fourth in the NL Central and being swept in a weekend series by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Third baseman Colin Moran has warmed up over the last two weeks, hitting .327 with five homers and 12 RBIs over his last 15 games.
For the season, first baseman Josh Bell leads Pittsburgh with a .331 average, 18 home runs and 57 RBIs.
Kevin Gausman (2-5, 6.15 ERA) will try to turn things around as he gets the ball for today’s series opener. In his last two starts, Gausman has pitched six innings, allowed 20 hits and 15 runs. His ERA has ballooned from 4.33 to 6.15. He is expected to face Joe Musgrove (4-6, 4.44) who pitched eight strong innings, allowing three runs on five hits, against the Braves last week in Pittsburgh.
Mike Foltynewicz (1-5, 5.89) is expected to pitch Tuesday against Chris Archer (3-5, 5.20). Mike Soroka (7-1, 1.38) will take the mound on Wednesday against a pitcher to be determined. Thursday, Julio Teheran (4-4, 3.03) will close the series against Jordan Lyles (5-3, 3.64).
Tuesday will be the long awaited Swanberson Bobblehead Night. This unique bobblehead combines two of the Braves most popular players — shortstop Dansby Swanson and super-utility player Charlie Culberson. The first 15,000 fans through the gates will get one.
Thursday, is T-shirt giveaway day. The first 15,000 fans through the gates will receive an Atlanta Braves T-shirt.
ON THE AIR
All four games can be seen on Fox Sports Southeast, and heard on 680 AM The Fan and Rock 100.5 FM. Broadcasts for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s games will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday’s broadcast will start at noon.