Joel De La Cruz (0-5, 4.09 ERA) and Ervin Santana (5-9, 3.62 ERA) start in the first of a two-game series between the Atlanta Braves (44-74) and the Minnesota Twins (47-71) at Turner Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 16 and can be seen on FSN and FSSE.
De La Cruz pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out two and walking two in a 4-3 defeat to the Brewers. Freddie Freeman (.287, 66 Rs, 23 HRs, 54 RBIs, 4 SBs) had another good game Sunday, going 2 for 3. Santana went 6.1 innings, surrendering two runs and striking out eight in a 6-2 win over the Rays in his last outing. Brian Dozier (.266, 70 Rs, 26 HRs, 70 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Atlanta recorded at least two errors for the 22nd time this season.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Braves are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Twins have a 10-1 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 8-59. The Braves have a 7-50 record when opponents outhit them.
Atlanta ranks at the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 79 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half at 13th with 144.
Ranking 19th, Atlanta is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 341 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half at 12th with 369.
The Braves are 25-28 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Twins are 39-38 when they hit at least one homer.