National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, June 9
(All times Eastern)
Atlanta Braves (32-29) at Colorado Rockies (29-33), 8:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Gavin Floyd (0-2, 2.80)
Colorado - Christian Bergman (0-0, 0.00)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Colorado Rockies have their work cut out for them if
they want to break even on their 10-game homestand. They'll try to avoid a
sixth loss in seven games on the swing Monday evening as they kick off a four-
game series with the Atlanta Braves.
The Rockies have lost nine of 10 and 13 of their last 16 contests to fall four
games under .500. At 1-5, they'll need to sweep the Braves to finish the stay
at Coors Field at the even mark.
Colorado halted an eight-game slide with Saturday's win over the Los Angeles
Dodgers, but dropped the finale of the series 6-1 in six innings on Sunday.
The Rockies were limited to one run on three hits -- one a solo homer by Troy
Tulowitzki -- over five innings by the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw before a delay
after the top of the sixth inning ended the contest early.
"He's always tough. He's one of the best pitchers in the league," Colorado
second baseman Josh Rutledge said of Kershaw.
Jorge De La Rosa was tagged for five runs on four hits and four walks with
eight strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in the setback.
Right-hander Christian Bergman will try to get the Rockies off to a good start
in this series as he makes his Major League debut tonight.
A 24th-round pick in 2010, Bergman has been solid over four-plus seasons in
the minor leagues, where he has a career 3.60 earned run average in 95 games
with 86 starts. He is 4-4 with a 3.84 ERA in 12 starts this season with
Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Bergman, 26, will become the fourth Rockie to make his Major League debut this
season and second pitcher following Eddie Butler's debut on Friday.
"Part of it is knowing who I am as a pitcher and going with my strengths,"
Bergman told Colorado's website. "Part of it is not being intimidated by the
fact that it's 6,000 feet or whatever it is. There are some things that are
different about it, but for me it's about making adjustments and turning
things that are a little different into strengths for me."
The Braves counter with 31-year-old Gavin Floyd, who is coming off one of his
rougher starts since his return from Tommy John surgery.
Floyd faced Seattle on Tuesday and did not get a decision as he allowed five
runs -- three earned -- on 10 hits and a walk over five innings. Atlanta lost
the contest 7-5.
The righty is 0-2 with a 2.80 ERA in six starts on the year, with the Braves
splitting those contests.
Floyd is 0-1 lifetime versus the Rockies with a 5.40 ERA in four meetings.
Atlanta has lost four of its past five games and dropped Sunday's rubber match
of a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-5.
Justin Upton hit a two-run homer to give Atlanta a 2-0 lead, but the
Diamondbacks notched six runs in the seventh frame to go ahead. Freddie
Freeman then hit a solo homer as part of a two-run eighth frame and Ramiro
Pena led off the ninth inning with a home run, but the Braves couldn't
complete the rally.
Aaron Harang was touched for three runs on four hits with six walks and four
strikeouts over six-plus innings.
"They just wore me out eventually," said Harang. "I had to make a lot of
pitches in those first couple of innings and it just got to me."
The Braves won two of three over the Rockies at home from May 23-25 and have
won 15 of the last 18 meetings overall.
06/09 10:47:09 ET