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Braves head to Colorado for three-game series against the Rockies

Julio Teheran, Max Fried and Kevin Gausman are scheduled to pitch in Atlanta’s upcoming series in Colorado.

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Fresh off of a 5-1 homestand, the Atlanta Braves will make their one and only trip of the season to Colorado where they will open a three-game set against the Rockies on Monday. After dropping the first three games of the season in Philadelphia, Atlanta responded at home with a sweep of the Chicago Cubs followed by taking two of three from the Miami Marlins.

Strong starting pitching was the theme of the homestand as Atlanta received good performances from the likes of Max Fried, Kevin Gausman and Sean Newcomb. That has helped offset a struggling bullpen that currently ranks among the league’s worst in FIP and WAR.

The Braves will be hoping that their starting pitchers continue to perform in the thin air of Colorado and that their messy bullpen situation will begin to sort itself out.

Monday, April 8, 8:40 p.m. ET (Fox Sports South)

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Julio Teheran (2019: 2 GS, 10 IP, 32.6 K%, 11.6 BB%, 3.60 ERA, 2.95 FIP, 3.23 xFIP)

Julio Teheran has put together two solid outings for Atlanta so far and will get the call again in the series opener in Colorado. Teheran allowed six hits, three walks but just one run over five innings in his last start against the Cubs. His velocity on his fastball was down a tick over what we saw on Opening Day but his slider was good enough to allow him to be effective. Teheran has struck out seven in each of his first two starts.

Teheran has had some success while pitching at Coors Field. In four career starts he has allowed eight earned runs over 24 1/3 innings and has not allowed a home run.

Kyle Freeland (2019: 2 GS, 11.2 IP, 31.3 K%, 10.4 BB%, 2.31 ERA, 3.03 FIP, 3.12 xFIP)

Kyle Freeland emerged as a top of the rotation arm for the Rockies in 2018 and has gotten himself off to a solid start this season. Freeland was tagged for three runs in the first inning of his last start and lasted just 4 2/3 innings in a loss to Tampa Bay. He settled down after the first and struck out 10 but had to exit early due to a high pitch count. He allowed just two hits and one run in his first start against the Marlins.

Freeland has faced the Braves four times in his career allowing 11 earned runs in 24 innings.

Tuesday, April 9, 8:40 p.m. ET (Fox Sports South)

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Max Fried (2019: 3 G, 1 GS, 7.2 IP, 19.2 K%, 7.7 BB%, 0.00 ERA, 2.43 FIP, 2.88 xFIP)

Max Fried came through in a big way for the Braves this past Thursday when he stepped into the rotation and carried a perfect game into the fifth inning. He would exit after allowing just one hit over six shutout innings. He struck out five and did not walk a single batter.

The early returns on Fried have been positive this season and he put it all together in his last start. Whether he remains in the rotation or not, he should remain to be a factor for the Braves.

German Marquez (2019: 2 GS, 13.0 IP, 28.6 K%, 12.2 BB%, 0.69 ERA, 3.41 FIP, 3.76 xFIP)

The Rockies announced a five-year contract extension with German Marquez earlier this week. He will start Game 2 of the series on Tuesday.

Marquez is off to a strong start this season allowing just five hits and one earned run over his first two starts. He blanked the Rays in his last outing allowing just three hits over seven shutout innings.

Marquez has walked three in each of his first two starts but has been able to pitch around the extra base runners. He has not had a lot of luck against the Braves in his career allowing 12 hits and nine turns in just 11 2/3 innings in two starts.

Wednesday, April 10, 3:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports South)

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Kevin Gausman (2018: 183.2 IP, 19.1 K%, 6.4 BB%, 3.92 ERA, 4.32 FIP, 4.19 xFIP, 2019: 1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K)

Kevin Gausman was hampered during the early part of spring by a sore shoulder that put him behind and forced him to begin the season on the injured list. Gausman returned to the rotation on Friday and turned in a dominant performance allowing just two hits and striking out seven over seven shutout innings against the Marlins.

Wednesday’s start will be Gausman’s first career outing against the Rockies.

TBD

Colorado has not yet announced their starter for Wednesday’s series finale.

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