Chipper Jones was 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBI in the first two games of this series, but the major league's top hitter will miss today's game with a small tear in his hamstring. Jones, whose two-run home run last night were the Braves' only runs, is hitting .420, the highest batting average through June 7 since Paul o'Neil was hitting .431 for the Yankees on June 7, 1994.
The Braves are 0-5 without Jones in the line-up this season.
Other pre-game notes:
Chris Coste will start at catcher in place of Carlos Ruiz, who hit a home run last night in the Phillies' 6-2 win. Ruiz has 11 home runs in his career, and four of them have come against the Braves.
Pedro Feliz, who is 1-for-19 in his last five game, will start the game in the dugout today as Greg Dobbs gets his first start at third base since May 17 against Colorado. Dobbs has started two games in left field since then. Feliz is 4-for-31 since raising his average to a season-high .271 on May 26. He enters today hitting .249.
Dobbs enters today 11-for-39 (.282) with one home runs, six RBI and seven runs scored as a starter. As a sub, he is 17-for-40 (.425) with one home run, 11 RBI and three runs scored. His on base percentage as a starter was .317 (13-for-41) while his OBP as a sub was .442 (19-for-43)