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Braves Play Three Against Rockies

The Braves, fresh off their series victory against the Cubs, travel to Denver and take on the Rockies in cavernous Coors Field. The Rockies are hanging on to their playoff hopes and will be surely going all out as each game is vital if they wish to remain contenders. 

There is a great and in-depth preview over at Talking Chop by mvhsbball. Here is an excerpt on the pitching match-ups:

Pitching Match-ups:

Monday, 8:40EST.

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Tim Hudson 14-5 26 25 1 0 0 0 171.2 131 42 41 10 56 91 2.15 1.09
W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jason Hammel 8-7 22 22 0 0 0 0 136.1 139 68 66 11 38 110 4.36 1.30


Tuesday, 8:40EST.

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Derek Lowe 11-11 27 26 0 0 0 0 154.0 161 76 74 14 53 99 4.32 1.39
W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jorge De La Rosa 4-4 12 12 0 0 0 0 68.1 63 41 36 8 37 66 4.74 1.46


Wednesday, 3:10EST:

 

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jair Jurrjens 5-4 15 15 0 0 0 0 89.2 83 42 39 8 29 62 3.91 1.25
W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Esmil Rogers 2-2 20 5 0 0 0 0 47.2 56 32 24 3 16 42 4.53 1.51

 

The Braves definitely have the pitching edge in the opening and closing games, with a tough match-up in the sandwich game. The Braves often struggle vs. left-handed starters and Derek Lowe has been the least productive member of the Braves rotation this season. The bats should do well for most of the series, considering how much of a hitters park Coors is and how average -- at best -- the Rockies starters are.

Look for the Braves to take at least two-of-three, but anything can happen against this team in Coors late in the season. 

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.