Top stats to know: Dodgers at Braves
August, 11, 2014
By ESPN Stats & Information
AP Photo/John BazemoreJustin Upton is hitting .417 with a home run and three RBIs against the Dodgers this season.
The Dodgers lead the NL West by 4½ games over the San Francisco Giants, the largest lead by a division leader in the league.
The Braves, who were swept by the Dodgers at the end of July (the start of an eight-game losing streak) -- trail the Washington Nationals by 3½ games in the NL East and are two back in the wild-card standings.
Correia makes debut for Dodgers
On Saturday, the Dodgers traded for Kevin Correia, who will take the mound tonight.
Correia is the second starting pitcher the team has acquired in the past week, joining Roberto Hernandez, who was added from the Philadelphia Phillies.
This will be Correia’s ninth career start against the Braves (3-3, 4.24 ERA), but his first since May 20, 2013.
The Dodgers’ fielders should be prepared to make plays tonight. Among all qualifying starting pitchers, Correia has the lowest strikeout rate.
However, Braves batters have a lot of strikeouts (their 22.4 percent strikeout rate is 27th in baseball) while their swing-and-miss rate (25.8 percent) is 29th in the majors.
The Braves will send Julio Teheran to the mound.
Teheran has made incremental improvements this season, compared to 2013, but one of the more noticeable changes has been his performance against left-handed batters.
Upton getting to like home cooking
Justin Upton, who homered in Atlanta's 3-1 win over Washington on Sunday, is 5-for-12 with a homer and three RBIs against the Dodgers this season.
He's batting .364 (16 for 44) with four doubles and a home run against Correia.
At Turner Field, Upton is hitting .315 with a 1.013 OPS this season, with 14 homers (in 56 games). He hit .264 with a .775 OPS -- and 13 homers in 73 games -- at home last season, his first with Atlanta.