Colorado Rockies series preview: Coming home to face Atlanta

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Jon Gray of the Colorado Rockies
MIAMI, FL – AUGUST 11: Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies throws a pitch during the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 11, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /

For the Rockies, Jon Gray will be on the mound for them. He is 4-2 with a 4.92 ERA in 11 starts. In his past three starts, he is 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA and a .250 opponent batting average. Rockies manager Bud Black said, before Gray’s start on Friday against Miami that “[the past] two outings were his best, for me” (as we talked about in this article from Friday before the series started.)

The Braves have seen Gray before but only in limited action. Only five position players currently on the Braves roster have seen him before and none of them have more than seven at-bats against him. However, combined, they haven’t had much success as they are hitting .207.

Gray will be facing fellow right-handed pitcher Mike Foltynewicz (pronounced Fol-ten-eh-vich). He is 10-7 with a 4.29 ERA in 23 games (22 have been starts). He has struggled in his past three starts, though, as his ERA in that span is 8.31. As a result, his ERA is up from 3.82 in that time. He’s only gone 13 innings in the past three starts an he has walked seven in that span and has an opponent batting average of .321.

In three career games at Coors Field (with only one start), he is 0-1 with a 4.70 ERA with a .267 opponent average.

Against current Rockies in general, there have been mixed results. DJ LeMahieu is 7-for-9 (.778 average) with two RBI and a walk against him and Carlos Gonzalez is 3-for-7 (a .429 average) with a double, a home run, four RBI. However, seven other Rockies have faced him before (Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story, Jonathan Lucroy, Gerardo Parra, and Mark Reynolds) and combined, they are 1-for-29 (a .034 average) against him with four walks.