Series preview: Braves at Rockies

Series preview: Braves at Rockies

When (TV): 8:40 p.m. Friday (WPCH), 8:10 p.m. Saturday (WPCH), 3:10 p.m. Sunday (FSSO).

Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5

Probable starting pitchers:

Friday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (1-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. RH Guillermo Moscoso (0-1, 10.80)

Saturday: Braves LH Mike Minor (2-2, 4.68) vs. LH Jamie Moyer (1-2, 3.14)

Sunday: Braves RH Brandon Beachy (2-1, 1.38) vs. RH Juan Nicasio (2-0, 4.40)

About the Braves:

Batting: Freddie Freeman has a .438 career average (14-for-32) with three doubles and a whopping six homers, 11 RBIs and 1.094 slugging percentage in eight games against the Rockies. What might surprise is that he’s hit even better against them in Atlanta than hitter-friendly Coors Field, although he’s also thrived in four games there (7-for-18 with two doubles, two homers, four RBIs).

Pitching: Hudson’s second start since coming off the DL will be at one of his least-favorite venues. The veteran’s 4-2 record and 4.38 ERA in eight starts against the Rockies includes 0-2 with a 7.77 ERA in four starts at Coors Field, his second-worst ERA in any of 35 ballparks where he’s pitched (he’s 0-3 with a 10.45 ERA at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago)…. Beachy gave up nine hits, six runs and two homers in 4-2/3 innings in his lone start vs. the Rockies, at Coors Field…. Minor hasn’t faced the Rockies.

Miscellaneous: At Coors Field, Brian McCann is 28-for-73 (.384) with seven doubles, three homers and 14 RBI in 20 games, with a .397 OBP and 1.000 OPS…. Jason Heyward is 8-for-20 (.400) with four extra-base hits (one homer) in five games at Coors…. Chipper Jones has a .323 average with 22 doubles, 12 homers and 54 RBIs in 56 games at Coors, with 40 walks and a .421 OBP. He last played at the park on July 12, 2009…. Dan Uggla is 11-for-53 (.208) in 14 games at Coors, and four of the hits were homers.

About the Rockies:

Batting: Carlos Gonzalez is on a torrid run, going 14-for-34 (.412) with seven homers and 18 RBIs in his past nine games. He’s hit .370 with five homers and 18 RBIs in 12 home games…. The Rockies are 3-3 so far on a long homestand and had a pair of four-homer games in wins Saturday vs. the Mets and Wednesday vs. the Dodgers. They’ve scored at least five runs in eight consecutive home games and in 11 of 15 home games this season, including wins by scores of 17-8 and 18-9.

Pitching: Moscoso gave up nine hits and six runs in five innings of a home loss to the Mets on Friday in his season debut. He’s in his first season with Colorado after pitching in 34 games (21 starts) with Texas and Oakland during the 2009-2011 seasons (8-10, 3.47 ERA, 88 strikeouts, 46 walks in 142-2/3 innings). The 28-year-old right-hander hasn’t faced the Braves.

Miscellaneous: Against Hudson, Todd Helton is 10-for-15 with a homer, seven RBIs, one walk and no strikeouts. Jason Giambi is 9-for-23 (.391) with three homers against the right-hander…. The Rockies are 8-7 at home with a .292 average (second in NL), 98 runs and 21 homers. They have a league-worst 5.19 home ERA, after ranking last with a 4.71 home ERA in 2011.

By David O’Brien

37 comments Add your comment

Loon

May 3rd, 2012
7:55 pm

Roll Bravos!

Chris

May 3rd, 2012
8:36 pm

We should win all three of these games, but no worse than two with these pitching matchups and as good as our offense has been this year (today aside). Go Braves!

Dbo

May 3rd, 2012
9:11 pm

Enter your comments here

Dbo

May 3rd, 2012
9:12 pm

Surprised and shocked you haven’t said boo about concussions in football in light of Junior’s death.

What is going on?

Bravo

May 3rd, 2012
9:12 pm

Give em hell Bravos!

Larry

May 3rd, 2012
9:36 pm

Dbo,

In case you haven’t noticed, David OBrien is the beat writer for the Atlanta Braves. The Atlanta Braves are a Major League Baseball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. They play baseball.

David O’Brien writes and blogs about baseball subjects. So, in light of this, how can you be not just surprised, but “shocked,” drama queen?

Where do these people come from?

Chuck Simon's Barber Shop

May 3rd, 2012
10:35 pm

I can’t remember the Braves ever faring well against Moyer.

Dbo

May 4th, 2012
12:19 am

Larry- you’re a moron. Read the description of the blog, it says we talk about “baseball and other sports.”. Get a life and stop taking shots at other people just because you feel inadequate.

retired

May 4th, 2012
1:18 am

Larry ***** agreed If Dbo wanted to talk concussions in football why doesn’t he , but no he’d rather rag on DOB for not talking about it. what a dewb,

retired

May 4th, 2012
1:19 am

retired

May 4th, 2012
1:19 am

Trainwreck

May 4th, 2012
9:23 am

Time to bring the bats back out… looks like it will be a high scoring series.

hiway 61

May 4th, 2012
9:41 am

blog is for opinions..right? Stop the hate.

Braves I hope take the series but after last three games who knows…Go Braves.

Stumpknocker

May 4th, 2012
9:43 am

Is there some reason why the Braves are loaded with Lefty hitting position players ?

Samantha

May 4th, 2012
9:47 am

Did not see game. What happened?

Tumbledown

May 4th, 2012
9:56 am

I am very concerned about the Braves pitching staff as a whole. The starters seem inconsistent and may break down as the season continues (especially Hanson with his funky delivery). The young guns do not seem as great as everyone touted. Outside of Medlen, the middle relief ranges from fair to awful. The famed trio at the end of the games do not give me great confidence at this point, especially in big games.

If the Braves were only allowed one move to make this season, it really should be to try to sign Oswalt.

Samantha

May 4th, 2012
10:01 am

Good morning Tumbledown, What happened to the bats?

ncbravesfan

May 4th, 2012
10:02 am

The problem with the Braves pitching is not with the stuff, but with the approach. The Braves have very talented pitchers who consistently need to attack each batter. However, they seem to nibble away and get into hitters’ counts or walk batters at the most inopportune times.

The batters have changed their approach and for the most part, it has led to great offensive success. Now it’s time for the pitchers to do the same.

Tumbledown

May 4th, 2012
10:10 am

The Braves’ bats in the 90’s were sometimes hit or miss. The great staring pitching, however, carried the team to five World Series appearances. Pitching is what failed the Braves late last season and will probably be their undoing this year without any changes. I just wish the Braves could have a power arm at the top of the rotation. Of course, every fan on every team wishes for that.

If Chipper can manage to play more games (wishful thinking), I think the lineup can be fairly decent. I have some faith that the young hitters will pick it up, McCann will contribute, and Prado will be steady if not spectacular. Bourn is a great tablesetter.

Of course, I do not like the makeup of their infield defense with the aged Chipper and relative stone hands and slow footwork at shortstop and second base. Actually, the whole infield might be the slowest in the ML.

BravesWin

May 4th, 2012
10:29 am

@Tumbledown…You’re right about the starters’ inconsistency and thus-far mediocrity of the relievers, but I don’t see a breakdown coming. It’s only May 4, and there’s a lot of baseball left.

Samantha

May 4th, 2012
10:36 am

@BravesWin….How about the inconsistency of the bats?

dap01

May 4th, 2012
10:38 am

Anyone: When is Moylan scheduled to come back?

Samantha

May 4th, 2012
10:40 am

@dap01 All star break.

WOW

May 4th, 2012
10:42 am

Mo went down for the Yankees. I hate the Yankees but that guy is the greatest closer of all time.

BravesWin

May 4th, 2012
10:48 am

@Samantha…They do seem hot-or-freezing at the plate. But again, it’s early.
@dap01…I think Moylan’s due back next month.

Samantha

May 4th, 2012
11:01 am

@BravesWin…My point is if they consistent score 6 runs{Philly series}. They would have won 2 out of 3 instead of losing 2 out of 3.

Tumbledown

May 4th, 2012
11:29 am

I do agree that it is infuriating to see the Braves score 15 runs in a game started by the Roy Halladay followed up by zero runs against Joe Blanton. In the past, however, the Braves seemed to always struggle against rookie pitchers or pitchers they had never seen, This does not explain the goose egg yesterday. I guess I am used to the bats being hit or miss throughout all the years.

Jake Mastroianni

May 4th, 2012
11:46 am

The Braves offense has been inconsistent for years. As Glavine said on the broadcast the other day, when the Braves are going bad we seem to always look at the hits with RISP stat. It’s not always how you hit, but when you hit. When we’re losing nobody seems to be hitting in clutch situations. We’ll have nine hits and two runs. We need hitters that will consistently come through in big spots. Probably why we’re so good when Chipper is in the lineup.

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bravesgrl4life

May 4th, 2012
12:34 pm

It’s not as if the Phillies played great yesterday, beyond Joe Blanton pitching like he did. But, I think everyone was affected by the quick turnaround from the marathon game the night before. Over 4 hours on Wednesday night. The Phillies probably got straight on the bus afterward and went back to the team hotel, meaning they were probably showered and in bed by 12:30. The Braves, on the other hand, probably didn’t get out of the stadium until that time or after and then drive to their individual residences, meaning 1 a.m. or after when they got home. Turn around and be back at the ball park mid-morning at the latest for the 12:10 start. I am thinking the Braves were just tired yesterday. And look at how quickly the game went. It was barely half of the length of time than Wednesday night’s game.

cowdogit

May 4th, 2012
12:39 pm

I don’t care how many pitchers the braves sign, with McDowell they will slowly break down. The pitching coach is responsible for at least halve of a teams wins. Until the fans understand how important the pitching coach is , the braves have no hope.

Loon

May 4th, 2012
12:47 pm

We understand.

How does that help a thing?

Samantha

May 4th, 2012
12:48 pm

@bravesgrl4life.. Very very good point. Thank you. I had not even thought about that.

Timmy

May 4th, 2012
1:46 pm

This may be a bit out there. But, how is Chase Larsson doing ? If I remember right, he won the NCAA Comeback Player of the Year award, the year he was drafted by the Braves. I’d say he and Gattis are in the same catigory so to speak.

Fastball

May 4th, 2012
2:53 pm

Chase Larsson is playing in Rome, Ga. He’s played 11 games, 33 at bats, .303 batting average with one RBI. He says “hi”. Later.

Fastball

May 4th, 2012
3:01 pm

Tubleweed, don’t be fooled into thinking that Bourn is a great tablesetter. He just isn’t. He stands at first and waits for Prado to hit the ball. Then Freddie strikeout and McCann hits into a doubleplay. That’s the first inning. One hit, one walk, one strikeout, and a doubleplay. Never mind the second inning…okay, Uggla strikeout out, chipper, scratch that chippers resting his knee, …anyways.

Kash

May 4th, 2012
3:14 pm

DOB: Do you think Beltran was a possible fit for Braves outfield during a winter signing?

David O'Brien

May 4th, 2012
3:41 pm

DOB: Do you think Beltran was a possible fit for Braves outfield during a winter signing? — Kash

No, because he wanted — and got — far more cash than the Braves could or would give him. Signed for two years and $26 mill with Cardinals. Braves weren’t going anywhere near that kind of offer for a hitter.

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