The Braves picked up a nice win last night on the back of R.A. Dickey and a monster home run by Brandon Phillips, and will now turn to Bartolo Colon as they look to clinch a series victory over the Padres. Colon was knocked around in Miami on Tuesday, allowing six runs on seven hits in his four innings of work. The 43-year-old owns a career 3-3 record against San Diego with a 4.12 ERA, not that his career line will have any bearing on this contest considering how little experience the Padres currently have at the major league level.
Taking the mound for the Padres will be Trevor Cahill, who missed his last start with a lower back strain. Cahill was effective in his only start this year, allowing just two earned runs over 5.2 innings against the Dodgers. Cahill relies heavily on inducing groundballs so the Braves will have to be patient and force him to get the ball up. Cahill broke camp with the Braves in 2015, but was released in June and later signed with the Chicago Cubs, where he would find a home as a reliever. The right-hander would finish the season with the Cubs, then go on to pitch 65.2 innings for Chicago in 2016, which made him eligible to receive a World Series ring when the Cubs won it all last October. Trevor Cahill has one more ring than Clayton Kershaw... go figure.
Freddie Freeman is the only Brave to have extensive success against Trevor Cahill, against whom he is 4-8 with a homer. Kurt Suzuki is 3-7 and Brandon Phillips is 2-6. Erick Aybar is the only Padre who has more than five ABs against Bartolo Colon, going 4-18 in his career.
Finally, a Happy Easter to you and your family.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, April 16th, 2017 at 1:35 p.m. ET
Location: SunTrust Park, Atlanta, GA
TV: FOX Sports South
Radio: Braves Radio Network, 680 AM/93.7 FM