Series Preview: Rockies vs. Braves

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Friday, July 15th 5:35pm: Jorge De La Rosa (5-6 5.74 ERA) vs. Lucas Harrell (1-0 1.32 ERA)

The Rockies start the second half with a ten game stretch against some of the worst teams in the NL at the moment. If there was ever a chance to right the ship and get above .500, this is the chance. They start the stretch off in Atlanta against the Braves, a team that sports the worst record in the majors. They face Lucas Harrell who is only making his third start of the year and who previously last pitched in 2014. Jorge De La Rosa takes the mound opposite him and for De La, this season has been a tale of two totally different performances. He started off really shaky before being demoted to the bullpen. Once moved to the bullpen, De La got his act together and was promoted back to the rotation where he has pitched like the pitcher he is. They will need more of that from De La to start the series and they would also like to see the offense coming out and starting hot.

Saturday, July 16th 5:10pm: Chad Bettis (7-6 5.65 ERA) vs. Mike Foltynewicz (3-3 3.67 ERA)

The middle game of the series sees two younger pitchers facing off against each other. Bettis has not had a single terrific start this year, but he has had many starts where he kept the Rockies in the game and that is all they can ask for. At a pitchers park like Atlanta, Bettis has a chance to start his second half off against a struggling offense and gain some real confidence. Foltynewicz has been a different pitcher away from Atlanta and for the Rockies that is a bad thing. When pitching at home, he has allowed only a .187 BAA and given up 7 runs in four starts. The Rockies will need a good performance from Bettis if they want to take this one.

Sunday, July 17th 11:35pm: Jon Gray (5-4 4.67 ERA) vs. Julio Teheran (3-8 2.96)

Teheran’s record is the exact reason the win and losses stat is worthless for a pitcher. Julio has pitched really well this year and is definitely the MVP for this Braves team, but has a measly 3-8 record with a great ERA of only 2.96. The Braves are simply not scoring runs for him and because of that his record has struggled. This is likely another game where they will not score runs for him as they face off against Jon Gray who has been really good in his sophomore year. Gray has certainly showed a lot of growth from last year and aside from a slow start to the season, he has been great. A long rest from the All-Star break will give Gray a lot of energy and as long as he throws strikes, this game could be a low scoring affair that will go to whichever team can score a couple, most likely off of the bullpens.

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