Brett Anderson | Braves and GT Writer. ATLSportsHQ.com
The Braves have opened the season with back to back series wins.
Nats @ Braves Series Wrap Up
This one was an impressive series win against the Nationals. It featured a lot of offense, including a 13-run explosion in game 2. Still some question marks remain after this series.
The starting pitching in the first two games of the series was awful. Sean Newcomb just could never get settled in as he walked four and allowed five earned runs through 4.1 innings of work. Julio Teheran’s curse at Sun Trust continued in game 2. He lasted just 2.1 innings and gave up five earned and walked two.
However, in game three, Mike Foltznewicz was lights out, striking out eight over 5.1 innings of one run ball. It was quite the performance from him as he completely outpitched Max Scherzer, who actually drove in the Nationals only run of the game. Foltz later doubled off him.
The bullpen again was lights out. The ‘pen allowed just four runs over fifteen innings of work. They did a great job of limiting the damage in games one and two and locked the game down in the series finale This is an encouraging sign early on after what was a disaster season last year for the bullpen.
Braves @ Rockies Series Preview
Game 1: Friday 4:10
Projected starters: Brandon McCarthy (ATL) and German Marquez (COL)
Game 2: Saturday 8:10
Projected Starters: Anibal Sanchez (ATL) and Chad Bettis (COL)
Game 3: Sunday 3:10
Projected Starters: Sean Newcomb (ATL) and Kyle Freeland (COL)
The Braves are going to be looking to take their hot bats up to chilly Denver, Colorado where there is a chance of snow for Game 1. It is supposed to get into the 60s over the weekend so the weather should be favorable for both teams.
The main thing that is associated with Coors Field and Denver is the high elevation. Coming off a series in which they scored twenty runs the last two games, the Braves have to be smiling from ear to ear.
Now for the Rockies, their pitching has been the catalyst in their wins as the offense has over just 4.25 runs a game in their four wins. Compare that to their 4.7 runs per game when they lose, it has made for a strange 4-3 start to the season for the Rockies. Their offense has yet to wake up this season but their pitching looks sharp.
For the Braves, they average a remarkable 10.25 runs per game in their four wins so far this season. Their starting pitching needs to improve and in game two, fifth starter Anibal Sanchez will look start the season off on a good in which he will be making his first start of the season. He looked sharp in his three innings of work earlier and allowed no runs.
The outfield battle between Nick Markakis and Preston Tucker continues to be interesting as they both know Ronald Acuna Jr is knocking on the door to take one of their spots. Both have hit the ball exceptionally well and Markakis has been flashing the leather so far in right field. If this continues the decision whether to call up Acuna immediately after the two weeks are up will be much tougher.
The Braves will be looking to make it three straight series wins to open the season. In order to do so the offense will need to stay hot and the starting pitching will have to be much better.