Did you know the inaugural Rockies team had 10 once or future Braves, including Murph and the scrub reliever he was traded for, Jeff Parrett? The others: Nied, Vinny Castilla, the Big Cat, Armando Reynoso, Andy Ashby, Steve Reed, Mark Grant and Darren Holmes.
Back to the present, where the Braves’ rollercoaster of a season hit rock bottom last week, when Huddy broke his ankle, only to reach its zenith with the sweep of the Cards. I feared the Braves would be the ones swept, and had that happened the Nats, winners of their last three, would’ve been 5-/12 games back.
Comeback kid Brandon Beachy need only look at tonight’s mound opponent for inspiration. Jorge De La Rosa missed much of the last two seasons to injury but has been better than ever in 2013, winning 10 with a 2.97 ERA. Surprisingly, he’s pitched better at Coors Field than on the road.
In another surprise, Fredi is batting Chris Johnson fifth, ahead of Fan Uggla, who now has 129 strikeouts, more than any Brave racked up in 2003. Andruw, with 125 K’s, was the only Brave hitter that year to top the century mark in strikeouts.
B-Mac gets the night off, with Gattis catching and the Terd hitting 8th and playing LF:
Jay Hey, Upton, Freddie, Gattis, Johnson, Uggla, Simmons, Terdo, Beachy