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Brandon Beachy Makes 2013 Debut for Atlanta Braves Against Colorado Rockies: Series Preview

July 29th, 2013 at 3:54 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves finally get Brandon Beachy back for his first start in 13 months as they play a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Turner Field.

Beachy has made nine minor league rehab starts and is expected to be capped at 100 pitches in his first Major League start since Tommy John surgery in June 2012.

The Braves have a comfortable 8 1/2-game lead in the National League East, while the Rockies are eight games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in third place in the National League West. The Braves took two out of the three from the Rockies in Denver earlier this year.

Who's chopping:

The Braves hit a measly .224 with runners in scoring position in their first 80 games this year. Over the last 25 games, they've hit .325 in the same situation.

Beachy was clocked in the 92-93 miles per hour range in his final rehab start, virtually no different than before his Tommy John surgery.

Tyler Chatwood has figured out how to pitch this season, going 7-3 with a 2.48 ERA in 14 starts for the Rockies.

Who's flopping:

Freddie Freeman has gone 3-for-21 in his last six games, dropping his average to an even .300.

Pitching has mostly killed the Rockies this year. They currently rank 13th in the NL in ERA.

Monday, 7:10 on SportSouth: Braves RH Brandon Beachy (2013 debut) vs LH Jorge De La Rosa (10-5, 2.97 ERA)

Tuesday, 7:10 on SportSouth and MLB Network: LH Alex Wood (0-2, 3.42 ERA) vs RH Juan Nicasio (6-4, 4.40 ERA)

Wednesday, 7:10 on SportSouth: LH Mike Minor (10-5, 2.89 ERA) vs RH Tyler Chatwood (7-3, 2.48 ERA)

Thursday, 7:10 on SportSouth and MLB Network: RH Julio Teheran (7-5, 3.07 ERA) vs TBA

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Tags: Alex Wood, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Brandon Beachy, Colorado Rockies, Freddie Freeman, MLB, Tyler Chatwood

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