Atlanta Braves @San Diego Padres
Friday, 8/1 10:10 PM
Mike Minor, LHP (4-6, 5.23 ERA/4.45 FIP/3.64 xFIP) vs Eric Stults, LHP (3-13, 5.22 ERA/5.04 FIP/4.30 xFIP)
Minor gave up two or more homers in a game for the fifth time this season in his most recent start, which was otherwise a return to form. It was only the left-hander's third quality start in the past nine outings.
Saturday, 8/2 8:40 PMStults fell to 0-9 on the road the last time out when he had a weird start in a loss to the Braves. He allowed six runs on six hits with one walk in the third inning, but his other five innings of work were scoreless and hitless with one walk.
Ervin Santana, RHP (10-6, 3.63 ERA/3.09 FIP/3.23 xFIP) vs Ian Kennedy, RHP (8-9, 3.66 ERA/3.09 FIP/3.29 xFIP)
Santana tied a career high with 11 strikeouts on Monday vs. San Diego, pitching eight scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory. He has tossed at least seven innings in four of his past five starts.
Kennedy was scratched from his last start with mild soreness in his left oblique, an injury he actually suffered swinging the bat against the Cubs. He'll get the Braves at Petco Park, where his ERA is a full run (4.18) higher than on the road (3.18).
Sunday, 8/3 4:10 PM
Aaron Harang, RHP (9-6, 3.43 ERA/3.54 FIP/4.12 xFIP) vs Tyson Ross, RHP (10-10, 2.60 ERA/3.12 FIP/2.99 xFIP)
Harang allowed four runs on nine hits, walking one and striking out three across six innings against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Ross (10-10) allowed one run on four hits, walking five and striking out seven over six innings on Tuesday. Ross struggled with his command early on in this one, walking five batters in his first three innings after tallying just five walks total in his prior 35 innings pitched. Some timely strikeouts and a double play helped him get through that stretch unscathed, though he did let up a run in the fifth inning on a Kolten Wong sacrifice fly. The right-hander has now won three straight starts for the first time in his career, and has gone six-plus innings while allowing two runs or less in eight straight starts, which is the second longest such streak in the majors. He'll carry a 2.60 ERA with him into his next start against the Braves on Sunday.