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    Braves pitching rocked in Miami, Minor to debut

    A rotation with a team 1.90 ERA was bound to fall to Earth eventually. And so it was in Miami with Alex Wood, Aaron Harang and Ervin Santana. The Marlins swept the Braves in a 3-game series, a down point in an otherwise exciting season. Despite the month-ending series, the Braves have had a strong April behind the solid pitching of Harang, Wood, Santana, Teheran and Hale and the offensive dominance of Freeman, the younger Upton, Gattis and Simmons. They entered May with a 17-9 record.

    A few of the best stats from April:

    Julio Teheran finished April with a 1.47 ERA, the lowest of the starting rotation.

    Julio Teheran finished April with a 1.47 ERA, the lowest of the Braves starting rotation.

    • The Braves pitching staff (starters and relief corps) put up the lowest ERA in the National League at 2.69 (244 2/3 innings pitched).
    • Braves’ starters finished April with a 2.40 ERA and an 11-7 record, the best ERA in the NL.
    • David Hale put together the 2nd best ERA of MLB rookies in April (2.10).
    • Justin Upton finished April with the best batting average on the club at .323. He put up 4 doubles, a triple, 8 homers and 18 RBIs with 3 stolen bases.
    • Freddie Freeman finished April with a .305 batting average. He had 7 doubles, 6 homers and 17 RBIs in 105 at bats.
    • Andrelton Simmons put up great offensive numbers to match the stellar defense Braves’ fans are used to. He hit .280 with 3 doubles, 3 triples, 3 homers and 7 RBIs. His number of strikeouts, 3, matched the number of triples, doubles and homers he had.
    • Julio Teheran leads the Braves and is 2nd in the league in ERA (1.47).
    • Until the final series of the month, Aaron Harang led the NL in ERA at 0.85.

    MINOR MAKES 2014 DEBUT, HUDSON RETURNS TO ATLANTA…

    The Braves return to Turner Field for a weekend series against the visiting San Francisco Giants. The series marks the season debut of Mike Minor and the return of fan favorite Tim Hudson who left Atlanta in free agency this past offseason.

    Mike Minor missed most the early days of spring training due to a urethra surgery in the offseason. He then injured his pitching shoulder. Reliever Gus Schlosser, who recorded his first big league hit and pitched 11 innings, was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett with the arrival of Minor. David Hale, who had a great April in the rotation, moves to the bullpen for the time being.

    Atlanta will miss Tim Hudson’s spot in the Giants’ rotation while they’re in town. Hudson, speaking to Atlanta press Friday, said that was fine by him because pitching against the Braves would have been strange. He said he can’t help but root for Atlanta, but hopes they have a “mini slump” while his Giants are facing them.

    Lincecum (1-1, 5.96) will take the mound against Minor (–) in his 2014 debut. Saturday’s match-up with feature Vogelsong (0-1, 5.40) vs. Teheran (2-1, 1.47). The series finale will pit Bumgarner (2-3, 3.74) vs. Wood (2-4, 2.93).

    Tara Rowe is an independent historian and beat writer for BravesWire.com. Follow Tara on Twitter @framethepitch.