Braves at Rockies - Series Preview

The 1st place Atlanta Braves travel to Coors Field to face the Rockies, who are fighting everyday for their playoff chances. The Rockies currently sit 11 games behind the Padres and 7 behind the Phillies in the NL Wild Card, so they have a ton of work to do. The Bravos certainly can't take them lightly though. We've all seen what Colorado can do in a pennant race and they could catch fire at any moment.

Here's a look at the offense:

Runs: 566 (5th)
BA: .261 (4th)
OBP: .334 (5th)
SLG: .417 (4th)
HR: 127 (4th)
SB: 73 (6th)
BB/K:
0.46 (6th)

As you can see, they're an above average club offensively. Carlos Gonzalez is having a huge season for the Rockies, and he has arguably the best numbers at home of any hitter in the league. Troy Tulowitzki is having another fine season, but went down for a while with an injury. Eric Young and Dexter Fowler bring a ton of speed to the top of their lineup and guys like Ian Stewart and Seth Smith are having solid seasons. It's sad to see as he's a personal favorite, but Todd Helton is having a bad season and has a miserable OPS of .669.

Starting Pitching:

ERA: 4.24 (12th)
FIP: 3.83 (6th)
xFIP: 4.04 (5th)
BAA: .256 (6th)
K/BB: 2.08 (11th)
WHIP:
1.35 (10th)

As every Braves fan now knows, the Rockies staff is anchored by Cy Young candidate Ubaldo Jimenez. Fortunately for us, we'll miss Ubaldo during the series. Jason Hammel will pitch in game 1 for the Rox and he's been a solid #3 starter for Colorado this season. Jorge De La Rosa has also been solid, but missed nearly half of the season with a shoulder injury. Esmil Rogers will start on Wednesday, and he's been decent in limited playing time. All-in-all, the Braves don't have to face any dominant starters and face two righties.

More after the jump...

Relief Pitching:

ERA: 3.70 (7th)
FIP: 3.64 (4th)
xFIP: 4.00 (4th)
BAA: .248 (7th)
K/BB: 2.76 (2nd)
WHIP:
1.26 (3rd)

Houston Street is now the Rockies closer after returning from injury and he's been decent in the 9th inning. Joe Beimel is putting together yet another fine season and continues to dominate lefties. Manny Corpas and Rafael Betancourt serve as the middle relievers and both have been average. Matt Reynolds has been good in very limited playing time and Matt Belisle is having a solid season as well. Similar to the hitting and starting pitching, the Rockies bullpen is a solid bunch.

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
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