The San Francisco Giants (49-40) and Atlanta Braves (49-39) are set to open up a National League series on Tuesday night at Turner Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 ET

San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 

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The Chicago Cubs (30-49) and Atlanta Braves (41-38) will continue a three-game National League series on Tuesday night at Turner Field, with the opening pitch scheduled for 7:10 ET

Chicago Cubs at Atlanta Braves

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The New York Mets (7-4) and Atlanta Braves (6-5) will close out a three-game National League East series on Wednesday afternoon inside Turner Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 12:10 ET.

New York Mets at Atlanta Braves 

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The Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves complete a three-game interleague series Sunday afternoon at Turner Field

Texas Rangers at Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves 2B Dan Uggla collected his first multiple extra-base hit game of the year Saturday

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The Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves have both captured a victory in this three-game series that ends Sunday night at Turner Field

Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves are 16-9 in May

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The Braves will look to improve upon their 18-1-2 home series record this season with the first of three games against the Mets at Turner Field.

New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

New York finished off its current homestand with a 3-3 record and now embark on a 10-game trip, which will serve as the team’s longest this season.  The Mets record has also not been more than one game above or below .500 since July 31, when they were 53-51.  The starting staff has been doing its part, posting a 3.42 ERA since the All-Star break, the fourth-lowest mark in the majors during that span.  Only Oakland (2.66), San Diego (3.36) and Atlanta (3.40) have a lower ERA.  The club has a 23-29 record against divisional opponents this season (-850) and the total is 23-28 O/U in those contests.  New York is winless in eight games this season as a road underdog of +150 to +175 (-800) and 5-12 in this situation the last three years (-390).

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The Cubs will be facing off against a former teammate this afternoon in the first game of a three-game set at Wrigley Field.

Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs

Atlanta starts this three-game series with a new first baseman in the fold, as Derek Lee joins the team and will face his former ball club out of the gate.  Lee spent seven seasons in Chicago and hit .298 with 179 home runs and 574 RBI over that span.  “The main thing is we’ve got six weeks to go and Atlanta’s in first place,” he said.  “They’re playing great baseball.  A chance to go to the postseason, it’s hard to pass up.”  The Braves went 5-2 on its last homestand and now head off on a six game road trip.  Atlanta is 27-33 on the road this season (-800) and the total stands at 29-28 O/U in those contests.  The team is also 10-9 as a road favorite of -125 to -150 (-180) in 2010 and 22-22 in this situation the last three years (-760).

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The Reds look to bounce back after suffering a tough defeat on Friday night, as they still remain less than a game back of the Cardinals in the NL Central race.

Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds

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Bettors must acknowledge some interesting series stats between these two clubs for Sunday’s finale.

Atlanta Braves at Florida Marlins

Atlanta used an eight-run eighth inning to capture a 10-5 win over Florida at Sun Life Stadium on Friday night.  “I can’t explain this ballgame,” manager Bobby Cox said.  “It’s hard enough to explain Friday night.  It’s baseball.”  The Braves are now 5-3 against the Marlins this season and moved their record to 18-16 against divisional opponents (-100).  The total is 11-20 O/U in their games against the NL East in 2010 and 76-93 O/U the last three years.  With today’s game being a rubber match, it’s important to note that the club is 16-1-4 in its last 21 series dating back to May 10.  Rookie outfielder Jason Heyward continues to lead the chase for NL Rookie of the Year, hitting .387 since being made active from the disabled list on July 15.  He went 3-for-3 with two walks and two runs last night.  Atlanta has averaged 5.7 runs per game and hit for a .277 combined average in compiling an impressive 20-12 daytime record (+760).

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