The Braves jumped all over Rockies starter Kyle Freeland, tagging the left-hander for seven runs, including a Ronald Acuña, Jr. two-run homer in the first inning. The offense flourished, as did Julio Teheran, at least until the fifth inning, when the Rockies plated six runs. The Braves would add a run in the seventh inning to give themselves an 8-6 lead, which would hold up as AJ Minter closed out the victory.
Kevin Gausman has made 138 starts in his career, but with most of them coming in the American League, the right-hander has yet to take the mound in every National League park. That includes Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, which is very near Gausman’s hometown. The 28-year-old Aurora native will take the mound on Wednesday for Atlanta with at least 100 members of his family and friends expected to attend.
Our own Anthony Traurig looks at the quietest of strengths for the Braves that may just be their biggest weapon: defense.
The Braves were one of the best defensive teams in baseball in 2018. They ranked 4th in both DRS and UZR last year. Three Braves collected Gold Gloves: Freddie Freeman (his first), Ender Inciarte (his third consecutive), and Nick Markakis (his third). Additionally, Julio Teheran finished second in Gold Glove voting for pitchers.
Trout is pretty good.
Crush is unbelievably bad at this point, and the Orioles still have to pay him $21 million per year through 2022.