Series preview: Braves vs. Rockies

NEXT: VS. COLORADO ROCKIES

Monday

Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: SPSO

Probable starting pitchers: Braves RH Julio Teheran (8-6, 4.32 ERA) vs. LH Jorge De La Rosa (7-5, 4.50)

Comment: Home or away, Teheran is back to just pitching well period. He is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four starts in August. He took a no-decision on the trip – nobody won a game – but he limited the Padres to one run in six innings of a 3-2 loss. He did not face the Rockies during the Braves’ four-game series in Colorado before the All-Star break. De La Rosa beat the Braves 3-2 on July 11 in that series, allowing just two runs in six innings – including a Ryan Lavarnway homer – and striking out seven.

Tuesday

Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: SPSO

Probable starting pitchers: Braves RH Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 6.06) vs. RH Chad Bettis (5-4, 4.88)

Comment: Foltynewicz gave up seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in his last start at Wrigley Field, but consensus was he pitched a lot better than numbers indicated. He didn’t get any favors from plate umpire Doug Eddings that night and had great movement on his fastball. Folty hasn’t gotten out of the fifth inning for two consecutive starts and has given up six or more runs in three of his past four starts. He’s allowed 10 home runs in his past five starts.

Wednesday

Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: SPSO

Probable starting pitchers: Braves RH Shelby Miller (5-10, 2.50) vs. LH Yohan Flande (3-1, 3.94 ERA)

Comment: Same song different verse for Miller his last time out and not only did he come away winless for the 16th straight start, he moved into double-digits in losses. That’s amazing for a pitcher who is sixth in the NL in ERA, trailing the likes of Zack Greinke, Jacob deGrom, Clayton Kershaw, Jake Arrieta and Gerrit Cole. Flande outpitched Max Scherzer and beat the Nationals in a 3-2 game his past start, allowing just two runs on three hits in seven innings. He also singled twice and drove in one of the runs.

— Carroll Rogers Walton

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