The Atlanta Braves have already lost the three-game series with the Colorado Rockies. They have been out-pitched and out-hit.
Now, Atlanta turns to one of their most reliable pitchers in hopes of shutting down the potent Rockies offense and avoiding a series sweep.
In the month of August, Jair Jurjens is 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA. Since being activated from the disabled list, the Braves have won eight of the ten games that Jurjens has started.
Esmil Rogers will be today's starter for the Rockies. In his last outing, Rogers had a career outing, giving up one run on six hits in 6 1/3 innings against the D-backs.
The Braves will look to score more runs in the early innings of the ball game. Although heart-pounding comebacks are entertaining, they have not worked out like the Braves expected in this series.
This lack of offense in the past couple of days is most likely from the lack of production from newly acquired Derek Lee and Brian McCann. The top of the Braves order, with Omar Infante, Jason Heyward, and Martin Prado, is consistently hitting and getting on base, but Lee and McCann have failed to drive them in.
Infante, who has raised his overall batting average to .350, looks to extend his 13-game hitting streak and continue to crush the hopes and dreams of Triple Crown contenders. Infante needs to average 4.4 plate appearances per-game to qualify for the batting title. He is averaging 4.7 this month.