Atlanta Braves pitcher Gavin Floyd (32) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners at Atlanta Braves preview: Back at Turner Field


After a much needed sweep at the behest of the Miami Marlins over the weekend, the Atlanta Braves return to Turner Field for a quick, two-game series against the Seattle Mariners beginning on Tuesday. The Braves did not fair so well in their last Inter-league match-up against the Boston Red Sox (yikes), but this particular Mariners team is a different beast despite their American League origins.

In the opener, Seattle will send 24-year-old right-hander Erasmo Ramirez to the hill, and he has struggled this season. Ramirez has compiled a 6.00 ERA over six starts, and he has allowed a home run in every appearance this season, which should play directly into the hands of Atlanta as their power begins to build. However, the youngster does have a quality arsenal of pitches when he has everything going, and the Braves have struggled a bit against quality right-handers with this year’s lineup.

Seattle’s offense has struggled this season, as they rank among the American League’s worst teams in generating runs, and that plays into the hands of Atlanta starter Gavin Floyd. Much like Aaron Harang, Floyd has exceeded any rational expectation in his short time on the mound, posting a 2.37 ERA over 30.1 innings of work. Still, the 31-year-old doesn’t have the impressive peripherals that have helped Harang, and Floyd could benefit from what is a lackluster offense from the Mariners.

Here is a look at the particulars for Tuesday:

Date: June 3, 2014

Start Time: 7:10 PM

TV Channel: SportSouth

Radio: 680 AM/106.7 FM (Local in Atlanta), Full list of Local Affiliates

Live Stream: MLB.tv (Click Here, $)

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