The Atlanta Braves seem to enjoy visiting Coors Field.
The same can’t be said for Tim Hudson.
The Braves will try to continue pounding Colorado Rockies
pitching and win a seven straight in Denver by completing a sweep
of this three-game set Wednesday.
Atlanta (15-5) is batting .326 with 16 homers and 52 runs while
winning six games in a row at Colorado.
The Braves continued to batter the Rockies (13-7) on Tuesday,
connecting for three homers in a 4-3 win before hitting three more
in a 10-2 victory to complete a doubleheader sweep.
Their 35 homers are seven more than any other team, with
Colorado and the Yankees the closest competition at 28 apiece.
“This Atlanta team, you have to try to keep them in the yard. We
had a tough time doing that (Tuesday),” Rockies manager Walt Weiss
said. “Six homers in two games. That is what they do if it’s for a
strike and they are locked in.”
While the offense seems to enjoy the Mile High City, Hudson
(2-1, 4.50 ERA) surely doesn’t.
The right-hander is 0-2 with an 8.04 ERA in five starts there
compared to winning all five of his home starts against Colorado
behind a 1.49 ERA.
Getting his first win at Coors Field would also give him No. 200
for his career. He failed in his first attempt at the milestone
Friday, getting tagged for a season-high six runs and nine hits in
four-plus innings of a 6-0 loss at Pittsburgh.
Hudson had won his previous two outings with a 1.32 ERA.
He may get some help at the plate from Justin and B.J. Upton,
who became the second set of brothers to homer in consecutive
at-bats. Lloyd and Paul Waner of the Pirates did it on Sept. 15,
“It makes your lineup a lot better when you’ve got B.J. going
and you’ve got Justin, too,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “For me,
Justin is your No. 3 hitter and it doesn’t matter who is on the
mound that night.”
Justin Upton leads the majors with 11 homers while batting .307
with 16 RBIs. The left fielder had a double and two homers in
He’s also thrived at Coors, hitting .329 in 20 visits since
Perhaps B.J.’s nightcap homer will get him going. It was the
elder Upton’s only hit in nine at-bats Tuesday, and he’s hitting
.160 with 26 strikeouts in 75 at-bats.
The Rockies’ three-game skid matches their longest of the
season, and their rotation has a 7.53 ERA during this slide.
Tyler Chatwood will try to improve on that as he’s expected to
be recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to replace Jhoulys
Chacin, who is on the disabled list with a back strain.
Chatwood went 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 14 2-3
innings over three starts in the minors. The right-hander was 5-6
with a 5.43 ERA and one save in 19 games – 12 starts – with
Colorado last year.
“He’s had some good outings here lately,” Weiss told the team’s
official website. “He’s a power arm. He’s got good stuff. He’s been
throwing strikes down there. We look for him to give us a chance to
Chatwood is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts versus the Braves.
He was pulled after three innings of the most recent outing Sept.
3, surrendering six runs with five walks in a 6-1 road loss.
Todd Helton may be back in the lineup after a forearm injury
sidelined him for four games. The first baseman is 12 for 18 with
five doubles and a homer versus Hudson.