The Braves held on to defeat the Cardinals 3-2 on Sunday behind a solid pitching performance from Matt Wisler. With the win, Atlanta avoided a sweep, but have still lost 10 of their last 14 games dating back to before the All-Star Break. The Braves dealt Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to the Mets last Friday, but got Freddie Freeman back in the lineup after a month long stint on the disabled list because of a wrist injury. Adonis Garcia and Daniel Castro were called up from Gwinnett to take the places of Uribe and Johnson. Garcia paid dividends right away with his first big league home run which was the difference in Sunday's win in St Louis.
Alex Wood will get the start in Monday's series opener and will be followed by Julio Teheran and Manny Banuelos. Wood has a 3.11 ERA on the road this season and picked up a win in his last start against the Dodgers. After a rough start to the season, Teheran has steadily improved. He matched a career-high with 11 strikeouts, but failed to garner any run support in a 3-1 loss. Banuelos could be making one of his final starts of the season as the Braves look to limit his workload. He allowed four runs in five innings of a 4-2 loss to the Cardinals last time out.
Baltimore comes into the series with a 48-49 record. They have won two straight, but a recent four game slide has them seven games out in the A.L. East race and 3.5 games behind in the wild card standings. They are in the precarious position of having to decide whether they are buyers or sellers at the trade deadline.
Monday's starter Kevin Gausman has seen his name mentioned in trade rumors although Baltimore manager Buck Showalter has denied that he is available. He will be followed on Tuesday by Ubaldo Jimenez who was bombed in his last start allowing seven runs in 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees. Chris Tillman will pitch in the series finale and looks to continue a strong start to the second half of the season.
Monday, July 27, 7:05 p.m. ET
Alex Wood (ATL)
2015: 19 starts, 7-6 W-L, 3.78 ERA, 3.47 FIP, 2.7 BB/9, 6.7 SO/9
Kevin Gausman (BAL)
2015: 4 starts (12 appearances), 1-2 W-L, 5.18 ERA, 4.46 FIP, 3.0 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9
Tuesday, July 28, 7:05 p.m. ET
Julio Teheran (ATL)
2015: 20 starts, 6-5 W-L, 4.49 ERA, 4.37 FIP, 3.4 BB/9, 7.6 SO/9
Ubaldo Jimenez (BAL)
2015: 19 starts, 7-6 W-L, 3.81 ERA, 3.66 FIP, 3.0 BB/9, 8.9 SO/9
Wednesday, July 29, 7:05 p.m. ET
Manny Banuelos (ATL)
2015: 4 starts (5 appearances), 1-2 W-L, 2.49 ERA, 4.45 FIP, 4.2 BB/9, 6.6 SO/9
Chris Tillman (BAL)
2015: 19 starts, 7-7 W-L, 4.71 ERA, 4.10 FIP, 3.6 BB/9, 6.7 SO/9