John Thomson will be taking the mound for Atlanta in the series opener and looking to improve upon a recent string of disappointing outings. After beginning the season with a stellar 1.87 ERA through his first nine starts, Thomson has been rocked for 23 runs in his last four.
In his last start, which came against Arizona, Thomson couldn't make it through the fifth inning and surrendered a season-high eight runs. It was the second straight loss for the right-hander.
Opposing Thomson on the mound will be Andy Pettitte. But this season, Pettite has been nowhere near the dominant pitcher who posted a 17-9 record with a 2.39 ERA for Houston last year. He has struggled to find any type of consistency, and, like Thomson, Pettitte has also allowed five or more runs in three of his last four starts.
ATL: RHP John Thomson (2-5, 4.65 ERA)
Thomson is 4-5 with a 6.25 ERA in nine career starts against Houston. Two of those starts have come at Minute Maid Park, where Thomson is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA.
HOU: LHP Andy Pettitte (4-7, 6.03 ERA)
Pettitte is 4-1 with a 3.46 ERA in seven career starts against Atlanta.
Player to watch
Chipper Jones is 6-for-16 with three doubles and three RBIs against Pettitte.
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Friday: Braves (Jorge Sosa, 1-7, 5.07) at Astros (Fernando Nieve, 1-3, 5.19), 8:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Braves (Tim Hudson, 5-4, 3.93) at Astros (Taylor Buchholz, 3-5, 6.25), 4:05 p.m. ET
Sunday: Braves (Horacio Ramirez, 2-1, 3.24) at Astros (Wandy Rodriguez, 7-3, 4.36), 2:05 p.m. ET