When it comes to Interleague Play, Braves right-hander Gavin Floyd has the advantage of having pitched in the American League for seven seasons with the White Sox. But while he's seen the team he'll face on Tuesday night at Turner Field several times before, he hasn't enjoyed much success against them.
Floyd is scheduled to take the mound for the series opener against the Mariners, a team against which the veteran has posted a 4.73 ERA in 16 appearances (14 starts). But the good news for Floyd is that he's pitched well since having Tommy John surgery in 2013, having posted a 2.37 ERA through his first five starts for Atlanta this season.
The Braves hope to back Floyd with some run support Tuesday, as the club has only scored more than three runs in one of the right-hander's starts this season, which is part of the reason he's 0-2.
Following a four-game stretch in which Atlanta scored nine runs, the offense scored 13 over its final two games in Miami and hopes to continue that trend as Seattle comes to town.
"We've been pitching very well, but we're due a little bit of a hiccup," said catcher Gerald Laird. "We've been giving up some runs, but it's nice to see the offense doing its part lately."
By the time the Mariners take the field against the Braves on Tuesday, they will have done a lot of traveling over the previous 48 hours, having flown from Seattle to New York for a makeup game of an April 30 rainout against the Yankees -- which they won, 10-2 -- and then flying to Atlanta for their series against the Braves.
Erasmo Ramirez was called up from Triple-A Tacoma to start the opener in Atlanta. Ramirez is taking the place of Brandon Maurer, who was optioned to Tacoma on Friday. Ramirez is 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA in six starts for the Mariners this season and will be making his first career start against the Braves. Infielder Nick Franklin was optioned to Triple-A to complete the roster.
Mariners: Seager busts out on road
Kyle Seager has hit well at Safeco Field this season, batting .287 while clubbing eight homers, but he hadn't homered on the road until Monday, when he clubbed a three-run shot against the Yankees.
The blast capped a 4-for-5 game for Seager, during which he added a pair of triples and a double. He became just the 14th Mariners player to record two triples in one game, and his four extra-base hits tied a club record for most in a game.
Braves: J. Upton glad to be back at Turner Field
Justin Upton has struggled on the road this season, batting .194 with three homers away from Turner Field. But at home, he's been hot, hitting .400 with 10 home runs and a 1.273 OPS.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez gave Upton the day off in Sunday's series finale with the Marlins in Miami.
• The Braves are 0-4 in Interleague Play this season, with all four losses coming to the Red Sox
• In their only previous trip to Atlanta, June 20-22, 2008, the Mariners lost two of three.
• Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is a career .261 hitter against Floyd (6-for-23), and three of his six hits have been homers, to go along with a double and six RBIs against the right-hander.
• Braves closer Craig Kimbrel's next save will set the all-time franchise record for saves in a career. Kimbrel tied John Smoltz when he notched his 154th save on Saturday against the Marlins.
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.