The Atlanta Braves continued their road woes over the weekend by losing a three-game series to the Chicago White Sox, and it may get worse as they run into a hot New York Mets team for four games at Citi Field.
The Mets, though they sit in fourth place in the National League East, have won seven of their last ten games, while the Braves have lost six of their last ten road games.
The biggest news for the Braves, however, is that Jason Heyward is expected to return in center field after missing six games with a strained hamstring. It comes on the heals of Gerald Laird leaving Sunday's game after being hit by a pitch on the left hand and Paul Maholm leaving Saturday's game with a sprained wrist.
Tim Hudson has thrown at least seven innings in three straight starts. He now has a 3.38 ERA in July.
Freddie Freeman has raked a .327 average this month while driving in 11 runs.
Marlon Byrd has an RBI in five straight games, just one shy of his career best.
Atlanta's offense left nine men on base in Sunday's rubber game with the White Sox.
Paul Maholm, despite leaving Saturday's game with a sprained wrist, gave up seven runs to increase his road ERA to 6.03.
Though he has hit five July homers, Dan Uggla is hitting just .164 this month.
Monday, 7:10 on SportSouth: Braves RH Julio Teheran (7-5, 3.35 ERA) vs RH Dillon Gee (7-7, 4.32)
Tuesday, 7:10 on SportSouth: RH Kris Medlen (6-9, 3.64 ERA) vs RH Carlos Torres (0-1, 0.79 ERA)
Wednesday, 7:10 on SportSouth: RH Tim Hudson (7-7, 4.08 ERA) vs RH Jeremy Hefner (4-7, 3.93 ERA)
Thursday, 12:10 on SportSouth: LH Paul Maholm (9-9, 4.41 ERA) vs RH Zack Wheeler (3-1, 3.58 ERA)
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