The only person sweating more than me right now may be Darius Vines. My AC has been out of business for the past 24 hours, so it’s a bit miserable here right now. Hopefully the evening isn’t miserable for Atlanta’s rookie right-hander, who makes his MLB debut tonight – at Coors Field – as the Braves go for a sweep tonight!
Atlanta looks to sweep the Rockies again, this time on the heels of 14-4 and 3-1 wins. Vines has gone 2-2 in nine starts at Gwinnett. He has a 2.70 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. He has struck out 46 while walking 14, allowing 34 hits in 46 innings of work. He will be opposed by Kyle Freeland. The Rox lefty has not had much success against the Braves. Ozzie Albies, for instances, is hitting .429 in 21 career ABs against Freeland, Kevin Pillar is hitting .455 in 11 ABs. As all of Braves country is well aware, the Braves mash left-handed pitching. Look for another good night for the offense.
I also wonder if tonight may be the night we see history made? I predict in his second or third at-bat of the game that Ronald Acuna Jr. becomes the first player in history to record a 30-60 season. Ronnie has been a homer away for a couple of days – tonight feels like the night!
Eddie Rosario gets the night off with the lefty on the mound, and with Pillar having prior success against Freeland, it was a no-brainer for manager Brian Snitker. Sean Murphy, fresh off a three-double night, will also have the night off, as Travis d’Arnaud gets a start.
Wright on rehab assignment
In other Braves news, Kyle Wright is making his second rehab start, pitching for Gwinnett against Memphis. It will be fun to track Wright’s progress while also watching the Atlanta offense batter the Rockies in Atlanta. His first rehab outing was a beauty, throwing 23 strikes in 26 pitches in three shutout innings at High-A Rome. Another rehab start or two and I hope Wright is back in the A rotation.
Game time in Denver is 8:40 ET/7:40 CT/6:40 MT. The Braves go for a sweep over the Rockies and look to head to LA on a roll.