San Diego Padres @ Atlanta Braves
Friday, 9/13 7:30 PM
Ian Kennedy, RHP (3-1, 3.76 ERA)vs David Hale, RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Kennedy has pitched well since being traded to the Padres from the D-backs on July 31. Five of his first seven starts since the trade have come at Petco Park. He has a 5.79 ERA against the Braves in two starts this season.
Hale will make his first career appearance in place of Paul Maholm, who is dealing with left elbow discomfort. Hale, a suburban Atlanta native, posted a 3.17 ERA in 20 starts with Triple-A Gwinnett this year.
Saturday, 9/14 7:10 PM
Robbie Erlin, LHP (2-2, 5.56 ERA)vs Kris Medlen, RHP (13-12, 3.46 ERA)
September continues to be a tryout for 2014 and Erlin has fared well during this period. He's allowed two or fewer runs in each of his last four starts. As a lefty, he's done better establishing his fastball to righties.
Medlen has distanced himself from his previous struggles while allowing two runs or fewer in four of his past five starts. He has not allowed an earned run in the 17 innings he's totaled in two career starts against San Diego.
Sunday, 9/15 1:35 PM
Burch Smith, RHP (0-1, 9.17 ERA)vs Julio Teheran, RHP (12-7, 3.05 ERA)
Smith, a rookie, allowed two runs in the first inning of his last start against the Rockies, then followed it up with four scoreless innings. He's done a better job of slowing the game down since struggles early this season.
Teheran allowed three first-inning runs and then just two more hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Marlins on Tuesday. The Braves had skipped his previous turn to refresh him as he prepares for the stretch run and postseason.