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Braves vs. Rockies: Kris Medlen Kicks Off Four-Game Series On Labor Day

The Braves will look to win big against the NL's second-worst team.

Aug 22, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen (54) throws in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 22, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen (54) throws in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Braves are riding high after a walk-off win over the Phillies on Sunday night, capped off by a three-run homer from Chipper Jones that sent Turner Field into a frenzy. The Braves will now welcome in the Colorado Rockies to town for a four-game series that is set to begin Monday afternoon.

The Rockies are 55-77 this season, which is the second-worst mark in the National League. Very little has gone right for the club this season as you can imagine; All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been out for months with a groin injury and is not expected back in time for this series. Todd Helton is done for the year after undergoing hip surgery. The pitching staff has the highest team ERA of anyone in baseball by a wide margin (5.18), including a 5.93 mark from their starters.

Colorado is simply not a very good team right now and Atlanta needs to take advantage. These are four very winnable games and the Bravos need to make way in the standings.

Start Times & Pitching Matchups:

Monday, 1:10 p.m. ET - Kris Medlen (6-1, 1.71 ERA) vs. Tyler Chatwood (4-3, 4.81 ERA)

Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. - Tommy Hanson (12-7, 4.45 ERA) vs. Drew Pomeranz (1-8, 5.13 ERA)

Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. - Mike Minor (7-10, 4.79 ERA) vs. Alex White (2-7, 5.58 ERA)

Thursday, 12:10 p.m. - Tim Hudson (13-5, 3.76 ERA) vs. TBA

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