May 23, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of Turner Field during a game between the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Padres (29-29) head into “hot”-lanta to face the Atlanta Braves (27-29) for a four-game series. Actually this week it is looking more like “wet”-lanta as there is a chance for rain and storms in each game of this series. This is normal in the South in the summer.
The Padres are .500 and are coming off of a series win in Cincinnati. The 2014 Padres played just two games while at or above .500, when they were 1-0 and 1-1. This season they have played a total of 37 games at or above .500 so far. Things are looking up.
The Braves have played better than some thought after losing a lot of firepower this offseason. The Braves have the Padres to thank for that, when they took Justin Upton and Craig Kimbrel. They are coming off of a series loss at home to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In injury news, things are looking at lot better than last week. Unfortunately, the good news does not involve Brandon Morrow. He had a setback with his shoulder, leaving his 2nd rehab start after just 49 pitches. There are no additional updates quite yet.
Melvin Upton Jr., another former Brave, will make his Padres debut in this series after hitting .280 with a home run, 6 RBI and 4 stolen bases at Triple-A El Paso. Wil Myers went 2 for 5 with a run scored in his first rehab game Sunday. There are rumors he could join the Padres again before the end of this series.
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