The Colorado Rockies are on the road for Labor Day, opening a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves on Monday afternoon. The Rockies enter the series on a two-game winning streak following victories of 9-1 and 11-10 over the San Diego Padres. The Braves, meanwhile, are atop the N.L. Wild Card standings and still chasing the Washington Nationals for the N.L. East lead.
Colorado is 0-3 against Atlanta season, having been swept at home back in May.
Tyler Chatwood (4-3, 4.81 ERA) makes the start for the Rockies. He had one bad start in August, allowing six runs in four innings to the Miami Marlins, but he pitched effectively in three of his six starts to pick up three wins. He also pitched three shutout innings against the New York Mets before leaving the game and taking a no-decision in the Rockies' 1-0 victory. He allowed two runs in five innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 28.
Kris Medlen (6-1, 1.71 ERA) is making just his seventh start this season, as he joined the rotation on July 31. He is 5-0 with a 0.66 ERA since then and is averaging 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings as a starter. He has 38 strikeouts and five walks in 40.2 starter's innings. In his last five starts he has struck out at least six each time and a high of nine.
The Rockies will look to end Medlen's four-game winning streak when the team's take the field at 11:10 a.m. MT. ROOT Sports and 850 KOA will have live coverage.