Braves’ opponent: Colorado Rockies
Keep an eye on: Nolan Arenado. He hit his 30th home run of the season on Friday against the Mets and trails Bryce Harper by one for the National League lead. The Rockies’ first-time All-Star third baseman has hit just six homers and batted .258 in the second half after batting .293 with 24 homers in the first half, but he also has hit 18 of his 30 homers on the road, as opposed to 12 at Coors Field.
Who’s hot: Jose Reyes his batting .327 (16-for-49) in his past 12 games with four doubles, two homers and four RBIs.
Who’s not: D.J. LeMahieu was 3-for-his-past-20 entering Sunday’s series finale against the Mets.
Braves connection: The Braves won’t face former teammate David Hale, who started Sunday against the Mets. He gave up five runs (four earned) in six innings, walked two and struck out nine. Hale’s ERA on the season is now 6.15.
In the news: Jose Reyes wasn’t exactly pleased to be traded from the division-contending Blue Jays to the last-place Rockies in the Troy Tulowitzski deal and said as much to the Denver Post: “I want to win. I don’t want to spend the rest of my career on a last-place team. That’s not the kind of player I feel like I am.”
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