Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Game 21 Preview: Atlanta Braves (15-5) at Colorado Rockies (13-7)

First Pitch: 3:10 pm ET on SportSouth

Pitching Probables:
Tim Hudson (ATL) 2-1, 4.50 ERA
Tyler Chatwood (COL) 0-0, 0.00 ERA

Braves Starting Lineup (career vs. Chatwood):
Ramiro Pena - SS (N/A)
BJ Upton - CF (2-3, 2B, RBI)
Justin Upton - LF (0-3, K)
Freddie Freeman - 1B (2-3, 2B, K)
Evan Gattis - C (N/A)
Juan Francisco - 3B (1-2, RBI)
Dan Uggla - 2B (0-3, K)
Jordan Schafer - RF (0-1)
Tim Hudson - P (N/A)

Rockies Starting Lineup (career vs. Hudson):
Eric Young - RF (0-3, K)
Dexter Fowler - CF (5-11, 2B, RBI, 2 K)
Carlos Gonzalez - LF (2-10, 2B, RBI, 2K)
Wilin Rosario - C (1-3)
Michael Cuddyer - 1B (4-14, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K)
Josh Rutledge - 2B (1-4, K)
Chris Nelson - 3B (N/A)
Jonathan Herrera - SS (4-10, HR, RBI, 2B, 2 K)
Tyler Chatwood - P (N/A)

Freezing temperatures couldn't stop the Braves offense yesterday as they swept the day-night doubleheader from Rockies. Braves will attempt to complete the three game sweep this afternoon at Coors Field. If the Braves were to win today, it would be their FOURTH sweep of the young season. Teams the Braves have swept this season include the Cubs at home and both the Marlins and Nationals on the road. Tim Hudson gets the ball today for the Braves in his second attempt to reach 200 career wins. In five starts at Coors Field, Hudson is 0-2 with a 8.04 ERA. Hudson is coming off a rough outing in Pittsburgh in which he allowed six runs on nine hits, gave up a HR, and struck out two in four innings.
After winning their first eight games at home this season, Rockies have lost three straight, but still sit atop the NL West, only a half game in front of the Giants. Tyler Chatwood will make his season debut for the Rockies this afternoon as they try to salvage a game in the series. Chatwood was called up to the majors when Rockies ace Jhoulys Chacin was put on the disabled list with a back strain.

Side note:
Since the beginning of the 2012 season, the Braves have dominated the Rockies, going 8-1.
While the Braves pitchers have quieted the Rockies bats, Colorado still second in the NL in runs scored (109).

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