Did You Know: Braves at Rockies Numbers to Crunch

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The Rockies have had the Braves’ number over the last four seasons, especially when facing the Atlanta bullpen. In the Rockies four-game sweep in Atlanta last August, the Braves bullpen allowed 13 runs, 10 earned.

Rockies vs. Braves - Since 2015

After three straight 90-loss seasons, the Braves put it all together to clinch the NL East last season, but were promptly eliminated by the Dodgers in the NLDS. Atlanta has not won a postseason round since 2001 – one of the longest active futility streaks.

The Braves’ last playoff series win (3-0 over Houston) featured four Hall of Famers playing for Atlanta, with Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine starting the first two games, while John Smoltz closed out each game, recording two saves in the series. Chipper Jones was 4-for-9 in the three-game sweep.

Kyle Freeland has done a great job of keeping his team in games. He has allowed three runs or fewer in every start dating back to last July. Only two players have a longer active streak, and one of them is Rays “opener” Ryne Stanek.

Freeland’s 15-start streak allowing three runs or fewer is tied for the longest streak in Rockies’ franchise history – Ubaldo Jimenez had 15 starts from October 2, 2009 to June 17, 2010, while Jon Gray had a streak of 15 starts from July 25, 2017 to April 4, 2018.

Kyle Freeland will have his work cut out for him when he faces the Braves, as they’ve been as good as anybody against southpaws over the last couple years. Freeland earned the win in his last start against the Braves on August 17 last season in Atlanta, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out nine over six innings.

Trevor Story has been a thorn in the Braves’ side so far in his young career. He’s one of five players with 10+ home runs versus Atlanta since he began his career in 2016; the other four all play (or played) in the National League East. Story left Sundqy night’s game against the Dodgers after getting hit on the calf, but hopefully his removal was precautionary because of the lopsided nature of the game.While BryceHarpter has 14 home runs against the Braves since 2016, he also had 62 at-bats. That's a home run ever 4.4 at-bats. Story, meawhile heads the group of four players with 10 home runs, and he has delivered in only 21 at-bats, a home run every 2.1, which is the best of any of the top five, including Harper.

Julio Teheran has been plagued by the home-run ball over the last few seasons. He has allowed 1.29 home runs per nine innings to the Rockies since 2015, which is the third highest ratio among NL pitchers. Teammate Mike Foltynewicz ranks sixth at 1.18. Interestingly, Teheran has not allowed a home run in four starts, covering 24 1/3 innings at Coors Field during his career.

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