Hot Braves To Face Cold Rockies In Denver
The Atlanta Braves are in the middle of a nice streak while the
Colorado Rockies are experiencing a dreadful start.
The Braves will look to remain hot and the Rockies hope to halt
their woes when the teams open a three-game series in Denver on
Atlanta has won five of its past six games to overcome an 0-3
start. The Braves are coming off a 4-3 walk-off victory over the
Miami Marlins on Sunday as shortstop Dansby Swanson delivered the
Meanwhile, Colorado has dropped seven of its past eight games. The
Rockies were outscored 29-14 while suffering a three-game sweep
against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Colorado lost 12-6 to the Dodgers
on Sunday night.
Making matters worse is that the Rockies could be without All-Star
shortstop Trevor Story and left fielder David Dahl.
Story departed Sunday's game after the seventh inning with Achilles
soreness. Manager Bud Black said the injury tightened up as the
game progressed and that Story is day-to-day. Story told reporters
after the contest that he plans to be in Monday's lineup.
Dahl reached for his left side after striking out in the first
inning and departed the contest after the second inning. Black said
the injury was to Dahl's abdomen or oblique area.
"We have our fingers crossed," Black said during an in-game
interview with ESPN. "We hope it's just a tweak."
Black said afterward that both players will be re-evaluated Monday.
On the mound, left-hander Kyle Freeland (1-1, 2.31 ERA) will look
for another strong effort in the series opener.
The Colorado ace has allowed just five hits while striking out 15
in 11 2/3 innings over his first two starts. The 25-year-old fanned
10 in 4 2/3 innings and gave up three runs (two earned) and three
hits while losing to the Tampa Bay Rays in his last effort.
Freeland is 1-1 with a 4.13 ERA in four career starts against the
Atlanta right fielder Nick Markakis is 5-for-11 with two homers
Right-hander Julio Teheran (0-1, 3.60) will start for the Braves
and he pitched five innings in each of his first two starts.
The 28-year-old received a no-decision against the Chicago Cubs in
his last turn when he struck out seven in five innings and gave up
one run and six hits.
Teheran has thrived against the Rockies by going 5-1 with a 2.25
ERA and 0.95 WHIP in 10 career starts. He is 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA in
four outings at Coors Field.
Rockies star third baseman Nolan Arenado is just 3-for-17 against
Swanson is off to a solid start for the Braves by batting .346 with
three homers and nine RBIs. He went 2-for-4 with a homer and two
RBIs in Sunday's victory.
Swanson is trying to keep the strong start in perspective. He
batted .358 over his first 16 appearances last season before he
began experiencing issues with his left wrist.
He ended up hitting .238 and underwent surgery in the offseason.
"It's been a challenge at times, but to go through so much stuff
and get to this point now is fun," Swanson told reporters after
Sunday's game. "But at the end of the day, this game is hard. So
you just keep getting after it and preparing. That will lead to
Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman slugged his first homer on
Sunday. The three-time All-Star is batting .419 in 31 at-bats.
Braves left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. is batting just .129 with two
homers in 31 at-bats.
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