Braves’ big start

Alec Scercy | PNN editor

After being snowed out Monday, the Atlanta Braves swept both games of a double-header in Colorado yesterday.

The first-pitch temperature was the coldest in MLB history (23 degrees) but the weather did not seem to hinder Atlanta, beating Colorado 4-3 and 10-2 at Coors field; a place where the Rockies had lost only one game this season (8-1) entering Tuesday.

Atlanta continued to use great pitching and homeruns as their recipe for success, which has led them to the best record in baseball (15-5).

Free agent signee Justin Upton is not only a major story for the Braves, but also a major story for baseball, adding two more homeruns to his league-high 11, one in each game of the double-header.

The Upton brothers taking batting practice before a game.

Justin’s and his brother B.J. hit back-to-back homeruns in game two on Tuesday, making the second pair of brother in MLB history to do so. Interestingly, Justin has homered in all three games his brother has. This is not all surprising since Justin has homered in 10 of the Braves’ first 20 games.

With the help of the Uptons’ homeruns, the Braves stellar pitching has certainly done their part in leading Atlanta to the leagues best run differential (+42) by allowing the fewest runs in baseball (49).

The best Braves pitcher thus far this season has been a surprising one: Paul Maholm. Maholm has the second best ERA in the National League (1.03) allowing only 3 runs in his first four starts this season. But the entire Braves staff has done their part as the team has the lowest team ERA (2.36) in all of baseball.

Paul Maholm has 25 strikeouts in 26 and one-third innings this season

Atlanta will look to continue their winning ways, but the road will only get tougher; as the Braves have one more game in Colorado before heading to Detroit for a three-game stand against the defending AL champion Tigers, and then coming home to division rival Washington for a four-game series next week.

The Braves will look to get a boost during this rough patch of the schedule with starting first baseman Freddie Freeman returning to the lineup Tuesday, and six-time all-star Brian McCann hopes to make his first rehab assignment by the end of the week.