FYI: Rockies Getting Even with the Braves
The Rockies had their struggles against the Braves in the early years. They went 2-21 against the Braves in their first two years of existence -- 0-13 in 1993 and 2-9 in 1994. Those Braves teams were in the midst of 14 consecutive first-place finishes, a professional sports record.
Lately, however, the tables have turned. The Rockies have won 16 of 21 games since the start of the 2015 season against the Braves, the third-best record among MLB teams against one opponent in that stretch. What's more they have held the Braves to 65 runs in the 21 games, allowing three or fewer runs in 15 of the games.
The Braves lead Major League Baseball with 48 runs scored, their most in the first six games of a season since the 1800s.
Cheyenne Mountain High alum Brandon McCarthy is starting for the Braves in the Rockies home opener. He won his Braves debut last weekend. The Braves are the seventh team for which he has won a game, which is second among active players behind Bartolo Colon. Colon has won a game for 10 different teams.
Rockies staring pitcher German Marquez has responded to challenges. Hitters are hitting 50 points lower against him with runners on base, the biggest differential in the National League this season.
The Rockies are 15-10 all-time in home openers. The .600 winning percentage is second best among NL teams to the Mets, and among the six best in MLB.