The Braves will be taking a trip out to Colorado to play a 4 game set against the Rockies this week. The Rockies are off to a 1-5 start so far this year, but after seeing them break all kinds of winning streak records on their way to the World Series last year we all know they are easily capable of sweeping the whole series if the Braves aren’t careful.
Monday: Tom Glavine (0-0, 1.80, LHP) vs. Aaron Cook (0-1, 6.00, RHP)
Taking the mound tonight for the Braves will be Tom Glavine, who graciously agreed to not pitch yesterday’s game so Smoltz could avoid the cold, thin mountain air. Glavine has had some past success at Coors, being the only pitcher to have more than one shutout at Coors Field. Unfortunately for the Braves, the last one of those was more than 10 years ago in 1997. Glavine will be facing off against Aaron Cook, who’s looking to put in a better performance than his first start in which he gave up 6 runs in 6 innings of work.
Tuesday: Jair Jurrjens (1-0, 3.38, RHP) vs. Ubaldo Jiminez (0-1, 5.40, RHP)
Jurrjens looks to continue the momentum from spring training and his first start against the Pirates to secure another win. Hopefully he’ll be able to settle in and get the needed run support from the offense. Jiminez is looking to find a little more control during this matchup after walking 5 in 5 innings in his last outing. He gave up 3 runs in 5 innings of work so he’s looking to keep the ball a little more over the plate while giving up fewer hits to the powerful, though streaky, Braves offense.
Wednesday: Chuck James (0-0, -.–, LHP) vs. Mark Redman (0-1, 6.35, LHP)
Chuck James is making his first start of the season, coming off of the disabled list. He’ll face off against journeyman and former Braves pitcher, Mark Redman. The Rockies are the 8th team that Redman has pitched for in the past 10 seasons. Redman has struggled to find consistency throughout his career and his first start of the season was no different, giving up 5 runs and 9 hits in 5.2 innings of work.
Thursday: Tim Hudson (1-0, 3.46, RHP) vs. Jeff Francis (0-1, 7.11, LHP)
Tim Hudson has looked strong thus far in the season and is looking for his second win. He had a no decision in the season opener against the Nationals and will hopefully get the needed run support in this outing. Jeff Francis is looking to bounce back from a miserable first outing of the season where he gave up 12 hits and 5 runs in 6.1 innings. If the Braves can duplicate that kind of offense against them, I look to see an easy win for Hudson.
As far as offense is concerned, there should be plenty to go around. The Rockies are currently last in the NL in runs scored, but don’t expect that trend to continue for much longer. These two teams last year combined for over 1600 runs and it’s only a matter of time before the Rockies join the Braves near the top of the runs scored category. I’d also look for Matt Holiday to break out of his 4 for 22 start, as he is far too good of a hitter to keep that pace up for long. This should be a very exciting and nerve racking series to watch. The Braves bullpen hasn’t exactly been a shining star, and we already know that no lead is safe in Coors Field.
The Braves have the advantage in both offense and pitching heading into this series. 3-1 or 4-0, Braves.
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