Know Your Foe #9: Braves Bring Hard Pitching Matchups to Coors

The last thing opposing batters ever see.

Colorado Rockies fans have disliked the Atlanta Braves since 1995, when the Braves knocked the Rockies out of their first ever postseason appearance.

Not coincidentally, 1995 was the rookie season of one Chipper Jones, longtime Rockies killer.

Larry, who just turned 40 this April, is having an alright season for himself, batting .245/.309/.449 with 3 home runs. Kind of tepid, but that's an above-average batting line, per park-adjusted OPS+. In fact, only Matt Diaz and backup catcher David Ross even have an OPS above .800, and yet the Braves starting lineup is all posting an OPS+ above 100 (indicating an above-average batting line) with the exception of SS Tyler Pastornicky.

The Braves' pitching hs been generally strong, with the exception of Jair Jurrjens, who just last season posted a 2.96 ERA over 23 starts, has been demoted to AAA. Randall Delgado's 4 starts haven't gone swimmingly, but FIP suggests that there are better days in store for Delgado.

The surprise of the staff has probably been Brandon Beachy.


Brandon Beachy

#37 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-3

215

R

R

Sep 03, 1986


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Brandon Beachy 2-1 5 5 0 0 0 0 32.2 23 9 5 1 7 22 1.38 .92



Yes, Brandon Beachy.

If you didn't know, Beachy was signed as an amateur free agent in 2008, having not been selected in any round of the draft. I did not realize that fact prior to this writing. You learn new things every day, right? Right?

Beachy, who was originally signed as a relief pitcher, split time between the bullpen and the rotation throughout his career, posting a cumulative 2.54 ERA in 213 minor league innings while striking out 10 batters per nine innings to only 2.2 walks.

Currently, Beachy is beating his career 3.23 ERA by nearly 2 runs, holding an ERA in 2012 of 1.38 over 5 starts. His strikeout numbers are down this year, but so are his walks, and his HR rate is sitting at a miserly 0.3 bombs per 9 innings.

The obvious flags for upcoming regression are clearly there, such as a .227 BABIP against and a 2.7% HR/FB, and a 3.79 xFIP suggests a pretty significant crash and burn. But for now, Braves fans are enjoying Beachy's contributions to the general cause.

Arbitrary prediction: Rockies take Tim Hudson's 2nd start in 2012 to lead off the series and force a little regression onto Brandon Beachy in the finale. Mike Minor, true to Rockies opponent fashion, holds the Rockies to a 6-hit, 1 run showing.

Visit Talking Chop to get a SBNation perspective on the Braves.

Expected matchups and stats postjump.

Friday, 6:40 PM MT

Tim Hudson vs Guillermo Moscoso

Saturday, 6:40 PM MT

Mike Minor vs. Jamie Moyer

Sunday, 1:10PM MT

Brandon Beachy vs Juan Nicasio


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Kris Medlen 10 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Eric Hinske 18 27 2 10 1 0 0 4 2 4 0 0 .370 .414 .407
Michael Bourn 25 105 15 34 5 1 0 6 11 18 7 4 .324 .388 .390
David Ross 7 16 3 5 2 0 1 4 3 4 0 0 .313 .421 .625
Martin Prado 24 95 15 27 6 1 2 16 11 12 2 1 .284 .355 .432
Jason Heyward 23 78 13 22 3 2 2 11 10 20 8 1 .282 .364 .449
Tyler Pastornicky 20 68 10 19 4 1 1 7 4 13 0 0 .279 .329 .412
Freddie Freeman 24 97 17 27 7 0 4 19 5 29 0 0 .278 .302 .474
Dan Uggla 25 95 18 26 4 0 3 15 11 26 0 0 .274 .355 .411
Chipper Jones 16 55 10 15 1 0 4 14 5 5 0 0 .273 .328 .509
Matt Diaz 12 24 4 6 1 0 1 4 6 4 0 0 .250 .387 .417
Brian McCann 21 79 12 19 2 0 5 14 8 7 1 0 .241 .307 .456
Juan Francisco 19 40 5 9 3 0 3 9 1 13 0 0 .225 .238 .525
Jair Jurrjens 4 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .167 .286 .167
Randall Delgado 4 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .167 .167 .167
Jack Wilson 16 29 2 4 0 0 0 3 0 7 0 0 .138 .133 .138
Tommy Hanson 6 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 .111 .200 .111
Brandon Beachy 5 9 2 1 0 0 0 2 2 5 0 0 .111 .273 .111
Mike Minor 5 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jose Constanza 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Tim Hudson 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Livan Hernandez 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000
Chad Durbin 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jonny Venters 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Craig Kimbrel 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Eric O`Flaherty 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Cristhian Martinez 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Brandon Beachy 2-1 5 5 0 0 0 0 32.2 23 9 5 1 7 22 1.38 .92
Jonny Venters 2-1 11 0 0 0 0 0 10.1 11 2 2 0 5 20 1.74 1.55
Craig Kimbrel 0-0 10 0 0 0 8 1 10.0 8 3 3 0 7 18 2.70 1.50
Kris Medlen 0-0 10 0 0 0 1 0 15.0 14 5 5 0 4 5 3.00 1.20
Livan Hernandez 0-0 8 0 0 0 0 0 16.2 18 6 6 1 2 8 3.24 1.20
Tim Hudson 1-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.0 6 2 2 0 2 6 3.60 1.60
Tommy Hanson 3-2 6 6 0 0 0 0 33.2 34 15 14 2 14 31 3.74 1.43
Cristhian Martinez 1-0 7 0 0 0 0 0 11.1 15 5 5 0 1 8 3.97 1.41
Mike Minor 2-2 5 5 0 0 0 0 32.2 29 19 17 3 8 30 4.68 1.13
Randall Delgado 2-2 4 4 0 0 0 0 20.0 23 14 14 2 12 21 6.30 1.75
Eric O`Flaherty 1-0 9 0 0 0 0 2 8.1 11 7 7 2 4 7 7.56 1.80
Chad Durbin 1-0 11 0 0 0 0 0 9.0 14 8 8 3 3 7 8.00 1.89
Jair Jurrjens 0-2 4 4 0 0 0 0 16.1 30 17 17 5 10 8 9.37 2.45


Atlanta Braves Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Chipper Jones knee 05/02/2012

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Arodys Vizcaino elbow 03/26/2012
Robert Fish elbow 03/26/2012

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jason Heyward oblique 05/02/2012
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