Braves Throw 3M Company Against Tigers

Tigers Park

Comerica Park was named after a bank that has since moved it’s headquarters to Dallas

The Atlanta Braves will send Paul Maholm, Kris Medlen, and Mike Minor (3M Company) to the mound this weekend when they tangle with the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit.

Maholm (3-1, 1.03) ) will square off Friday night against former Miami Marlin, Anibal Sanchez, in a match-up scheduled to start at 7:05 pm. and be broadcast on Fox Sports South.  Sanchez is 2-1 this season with a 1.75 ERA.  Maholm is 0-1 with a 2.60 ERA in three career starts against the Tigers.

Medlen (1-2, 2.16) will be opposed Saturday by Rick Porcello (0-2, 11.08) in a 1:05 game broadcast on FOX, while Sunday’s 8:05 contest on ESPN will match up Mike Minor (3-1, 1.80) against Doug Fister (3-0, 2.00).

Medlen (1.20) and Minor (2.08) have the best ERAs in the major leagues since the 2012 All-Star game, and Maholm is fifth best at (2.45).

Maholm has gone the deepest into games of any Braves starter this season, averaging 6 2/3 innings with Medlen and Minor are right behind at 6 1/3.  But Minor leads in quality starts with 4 of 4 while Maholm and Medlen are 3 of 4.

In this series the Braves will not face the the Tigers ace, Justin Verlander.  Verlander  pitched Thursday against the Royals and will make his next start Tuesday against the Twins.