Series Preview: Braves (52-63) vs. Rockies (65-52)

Monday, August 14th 6:40pm: Julio Teheran (7-10 5.25) vs. Chad Bettis (0-0 -.–)

Chad Bettis makes a remarkable return to the Rockies acting as the boost they hopefully can take and use in this series against the Braves. Bettis and his return, and the fact that he has beaten cancer, are clearly the stories surrounding this first game, but on a playoff level, the Rockies will be trying to snap a three game skid that came after a sweep by the Marlins. For the Braves, they send their supposed ace to the mound, though he has pitched far from an ace this year with his high ERA and negative bWAR. The Rockies can hopefully show off their offense in this opener to take a win and give Bettis a strong backup in his first start back.

Tuesday, August 15th 6:40pm: Sean Newcomb (1-7 4.45) vs. Kyle Freeland (11-7 3.70)

Newcomb and Freeland face off in a battle of rookie lefties. Newcomb has not pitched bad in his starts, but is taking losses due to a lack of run support, averaging only 2.79 runs in each start so far. Freeland has been great for the Rockies, earning wins left and right and getting through games efficiently. He is not the strikeout guy that a lot of the other Rockies starters are, but he has been great at commanding the zone and inducing weak contact. This is only the second game in a four game set, but the Rockies have a good chance of taking both of these first two games.

Wednesday, August 16th 6:40pm: Mike Foltynewicz (10-7 4.29) vs. Jon gray (4-2 4.92)

At home, Jon Gray pitches very well. Although he didn’t get a quality start his last time out, he was only a batter away from earning one and still pitched solid. He faces Foltynewicz, a guy who has had mixed results so far this year. He has been very good, but he has also been absolutely crushed by opposing teams, something the Rockies will hope to do. Though the Marlins series was demoralizing and it saw them losing Nolan Arenado for at least the opener, this is a series the Rockies should be able to handle.

Thursday, August 17th 1:10pm: Lucas Sims (0-3 5.71) Jeff Hoffman (6-4 5.15)

The Rockies face another underachieving pitcher for the finale of this series and send their own underachiever to the mound. Hoffman was great early in the season, but has struggled in many starts more recently. He has struggled with command and has not been able to cause the swing and miss that he needs to rely on. He has the stuff, but now the task is putting it all together to become the Rockies believe he can be. Hoffman is the remaining piece of the Tulo trade and is the one player that could define this trade as a win for the Rockies.

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