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Major League Baseball
Preview
Atlanta at Colorado
When: 8:40 PM ET, Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Where: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado

The Colorado Rockies got an emotional lift from Chad Bettis in the series opener and hope to continue protecting their push toward a National League wild-card spot when they host the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday in the second contest of their four-game set. Bettis made his season debut after recovering from testicular cancer that spread to his lymph nodes and scattered six hits over seven innings before Colorado scored three in the eighth to prevail 3-0.

The Rockies shrugged off a 1-4 road trip to increase their lead over surging St. Louis in the NL wild-card race to five games. It appears Colorado also dodged a bullet as NL MVP candidate Nolan Arenado (.311, 26 home runs, major league-leading 100 RBIs) was expected to miss time after getting hit with a pitch on his left hand Sunday but pinch-hit in the opener, and the Gold Glove third baseman could return to the field as soon as Tuesday. Atlanta (52-54) has lost six of its last seven contests overall and is in the midst of an 11-game losing streak at Coors Field. The Rockies' Kyle Freeland returns to the rotation after recovering from a groin injury to oppose fellow rookie Sean Newcomb, who lost his last two starts and is winless in his last seven (0-5).

TV: 8:40 p.m. ET, FSN Southeast (Atlanta), AT&T SportsNet-Rocky Mountain (Colorado)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves LH Sean Newcomb (1-7, 4.45 ERA) vs. Rockies LH Kyle Freeland (11-7, 3.70)

Newcomb allowed three runs (two earned), five hits and one walk while striking out six in six innings of a 3-2 loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Massachusetts native has been better away from home - he's 1-0 with a 3.43 ERA in four road starts compared to 0-6, 5.02 in seven home turns - but could find the going tougher at cavernous Coors Field. Newcomb has struck out 61 and allowed 54 hits in 58 2/3 innings this season, but his 33 walks have helped lead to a 1.48 WHIP.

Freeland left his Aug. 4 start versus the Phillies after one-third of an inning. “We put Kyle through the paces (Saturday) with a very intense bullpen,” Colorado manager Bud Black told reporters. “He took batting practice. He ran. He did a lot of agility stuff. He did some pitcher’s fielding practice. Our guys put him through the paces and he responded.” The 24-year-old Denver native is 6-4 with a 3.19 ERA in 11 home starts compared to 5-3, 4.22 on the road - unusual splits because of the difficulty pitching at altitude in a spacious ballpark.

WALK-OFFS

1. Rockies CF and leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon (.335, 27 home runs, 74 RBIs) recorded his major league-leading 14th triple and 13th at home on Monday. He is hitting .395 at home and .285 on the road.

2. Atlanta 1B Freddie Freeman (.321, 21 home runs, 48 RBIs in 72 games) went 1-for-4 on Monday and is 6-for-12 in his last three games. He is hitting .349 in 43 at-bats this month.

3. Monday marked the first scoreless game entering the eighth inning at Coors Field since 2008.

PREDICTION: Rockies 9, Braves 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Atlanta 52-64 L1 26-30 26-34 20-29 9-16 16-12 7-7
Colorado 66-52 W1 36-21 30-31 12-12 17-13 29-21 8-6
Last Meeting
Atlanta Colorado
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/14/17 ATL 0 COL 3 .219 0 .617 .241 0 .663
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Atlanta N. Markakis .500 2 1.250
Colorado C. Gonzalez .667 2 1.417
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Atlanta L. Adams 0 0 0
Colorado G. Parra 0 1 1
Pitching ERA Avg K
Atlanta 3.38 .219 8
Colorado 0.00 .241 3
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Atlanta E. Inciarte .298 147 .738
Colorado C. Blackmon .335 160 1.008
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Atlanta F. Freeman 21 57 48
Colorado C. Blackmon 27 107 74
Pitching ERA Avg K
Atlanta 4.69 .260 877
Colorado 4.62 .274 918