November 15, 2007 was a rainy, cool, miserable day. It was a Thursday. The Reds season was over with Pete Mackanin as their manager. The Reds finished a woeful 72-90, 13 games behind the Division winning Chicago Cubs. Adam Dunn was Adam Dunn — 41 home runs, 165 strikeouts. Aaron Harang was their best pitcher, […]

Final R H E   Atlanta Braves (68-63)  3 9 0   Cincinnati Reds (63-68)  5 10 0 W: Simon (13-8) L: Harang (10-8)  FanGraphs Win Probability |   The Worldwide Leader’s Box Score    |   Game Photos The Cincinnati Reds have won back to back games, after going 0-7 in the previous six days. Alfredo Simon gave the Reds seven strong innings […]

The 11-11 Cincinnati Reds finish their 10-game road trip this weekend with a 3-game series against the 14-7 Atlanta Braves. The reigning NL East champs are currently in first place in the NL East with a 2.5 game lead on the New York Mets and 3 games up on the Washington Nationals. The Braves hold the second best record in the National League and have the best NL run differential at +26.

This matchup features two of the best defenses in the National League. Fangraphs.com defensive statistics have the Braves and the Reds ranked as #1/#2 in both their Def stat and UZR/150. The team’s strong defense has enabled the Braves to persevere through a nearly complete turnover of the pitching rotation.

WHERE TO WATCH
All 3 games will air on Fox Sports Ohio in the Cincinnati area and on Fox Sports South in the Braves regional market.

Nationally, all three games are listed on the MLB Network schedule as one of two games that may be available each day. Check your local listing for availability.

PROBABLE BATTING LINEUP
For the first time since 2004, Braves pitchers are not throwing to Brian McCann. McCann’s departure to the Big Apple is the only major change from last year’s 4th best offense in the National League, which scored 4.3 runs per game. The 2014 version of the Braves has been below league average offensively with just 3.8 runs per game, which is only 11th most in the National League. They have five batters hitting with an OBP below .310, including the top two spots in the lineup

All stats in the table below are based on the 2014 season. An asterisk (*) indicates the player bats left handed.

Player Pos OBP SLG OPS BABIP SB/CS
Jason Heyward* RF .309 .296 .605 .246 4/1
B.J. Upton CF .287 .295 .582 .264 4/1
Freddie Freeman* 1B .390 .514 .904 .361 0/0
Justin Upton LF .382 .545 .927 .439 2/0
Chris Johnson 3B .280 .372 .652 .339 0/0
Dan Uggla 2B .280 .347 .627 .288 0/0
Evan Gattis C .322 .614 .936 .316 0/0
Andrelton Simmons SS .308 .486 .794 .271 0/2

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
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