The San Diego Padres have the longest winning streak in the majors and are calling on highly regarded prospect Casey Kelly to increase it when they host the Atlanta Braves in Monday’s opener of a three-game series. San Diego has won a season-high seven straight as Kelly makes his major-league debut. The right-hander was part of the package when San Diego dealt first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to the Boston Red Sox following the 2010 season.
Atlanta leads the National League wild-card race and beat San Francisco on Sunday night for its second straight victory. Third baseman Chipper Jones (oblique) could return to the starting lineup after missing two straight starts in San Francisco. He grounded out as a pinch-hitter in Sunday’s game. Jones is making his last appearance in San Diego before retiring. San Diego is 15-9 in August and has a 40-30 mark since June 9. Padres third baseman Chase Headley is batting .319 with 10 homers and 28 RBIs in August.
Braves Padres Betting
When: 10:05 PM ET, Monday, August 27, 2012
Where: Petco Park, San Diego, California
TV: 10:05 p.m. ET, Sports South (Atlanta), Fox Sports San Diego
PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves LH Paul Maholm (11-8, 3.47 ERA) vs. Padres RH Casey Kelly (0-0, 0.00)
Maholm is making his fifth start since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs and is 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA for the Braves. He beat San Diego on August 15 when he allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. Maholm is 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA in six career starts against the Padres.
Kelly is taking the rotation spot of Jason Marquis, who went on the disabled list with a broken left wrist. The 22-year-old Kelly missed four months of this season with an elbow injury. He has pitched just 37 2/3 innings this season over eight minor-league starts.
1. The Padres have outscored opponents 40-16 during their seven-game winning streak.
2. Braves OF Jason Heyward has homered in three consecutive games and has a .387 career mark with two homers in 16 career games against the
3. San Diego will activate reliever Dale Thayer off the paternity list Monday, and relievers Brad Boxberger and Josh Spence are headed to Triple-A Tucson to open roster spots for Thayer and Kelly.