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A look ahead..(5-15-2006--5-18-2006)


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Monday, May 15 Turner Field | 7:05 PM ET

Josh Johnson, RHP (3-2, 2.78) @ Kyle Davies, RHP (2-3, 5.31)

 

Scouting Report:

After starting the season in the bullpen, the 6-foot-7 right-hander has made two starts and won both of those contests. This is the second time in five days Johnson is facing the Braves. Last Wednesday in Miami, Johnson worked six strong innings, giving up one unearned run on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts. The only start Johnson made in 2005, he also faced the Braves, giving up two runs in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision.

Kyle Davies gets another chance at the Marlins, this time at home. The last outing didn't go very well. Davies was shelled for two home runs in four-plus innings in an 11-3 loss. He wound up giving up four runs on eight hits and two hits, and was quite unhappy afterward with his control. He talked of constantly working behind in the count to hitters and said he must change that pattern to win. He also said he has been over-throwing, trying too hard to get ahead.

 

Tuesday, May 16 Turner Field | 7:35 PM ET

Dontrelle Willis, LHP (1-4, 6.22) @ Tim Hudson

 

 

Scouting Report:

For the first time in his career, Willis has lost four straight starts. Last Thursday in Florida, the Braves pounded the D-Train for seven runs on 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings. Willis gets a shot at revenge at Turner Field, where he is 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA lifetime in three previous starts. In his four straight losses, Willis has given up 24 earned runs in 21 2/3 innings, a 9.97 ERA.

 

 

Wednesday, May 17 Turner Field | 7:35 PM ET

Ricky Nolasco, RHP (2-1, 4.15) @ John Smoltz, RHP (3-2, 3.44)

 

Scouting Report:

Nolasco will make his first big-league start, in place of the injured Sergio Mitre. The 23-year-old right-hander has pitched just 17 1/3 innings coming out of Florida's bullpen and manager Joe Girardi said he will be kept on a strict pitch count. In his lone appearance against Atlanta earlier this season, Nolasco tossed two scoreless innings.

Smoltz won his second consecutive start with a complete game gem against the Nationals on Friday night. The right-hander has registered 29 strikeouts in his past four starts. He totaled just 14 in his first four starts of the season. He credits his recent success on warmer weather, which has allowed him to get a better grip.

 

Thursday, May 18 Turner Field | 1:05 PM ET

Scott Olsen, LHP (2-2, 5.16) @ Jorge Sosa, RHP (0-5, 6.52)

 

Scouting Report:

Olsen was impressive in his last outing, on Saturday in Pittsburgh, tossing a career-high nine strikeouts over six innings of three-run ball. But most impressive for Olsen, who came in with a team-worst 0.74 strikeout to walk ratio, he issued only two free passes. And to top that, he escaped a fourth inning that has haunted him all season unscathed. In his lone career appearance against the Braves last season, in which he came out of the bullpen, the 22-year-old lefty gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings of work.

Sosa, who owned the National League's best winning percentage last year, is still winless after six starts. He possesses an electric fastball that he often finds trouble locating in clutch situations. The right-hander has continued to prove to be more of a thrower than a pitcher. Opponents are hitting .331 against him. He was 1-1 with a 2.91 ERA against the Marlins last year.

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