Braves lefty Mike Minor has never faced Colorado. But on the other end of the spectrum, 49-year-old Rockies starter Jamie Moyer has accumulated 118 2/3 innings against Atlanta over his career.
One thing the pitchers have in common, though, is both are coming off subpar outings.
Moyer didn't factor into the decision against the Mets on Sunday after allowing four runs on 11 hits in five frames, while Minor turned his worst start of the year against the Pirates on Monday, surrendering seven earned runs on eight hits and three walks over 6 1/3 innings.
"They showed if I don't make good pitches, what happens to me," Minor said after the game. "I didn't really have command of any pitches. I had a lot of strikeouts. But I don't really have an explanation of why. I was just really inconsistent."
Moyer is 3-1 in his last four decisions against the Braves, with a 2.92 ERA. He threw a shutout against Atlanta on May 7, 2010.
Looking to support his veteran pitcher is the hot-swinging Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. Since April 24, when he hit two home runs against the Pirates, Gonzalez is 14-for-39 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs.
"I'm seeing a lot more pitches," Gonzalez said. "I'm swinging at the right pitches. My hands are feeling well. When I feel that way, I feel I can hit any pitch. It doesn't matter what they throw me, if it's near the strike zone and I get a good swing, good things are going to happen."
Rockies: Guthrie throws bullpen
Jeremy Guthrie, currently on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, threw a bullpen session Friday, and the right-hander will face hitters at Coors Field on Saturday.
Guthrie, who last pitched in a game on April 22 and suffered the injury April 28, was throwing within three days of being hurt.
In another move, the Rockies called up right-hander Carlos Torres from Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he was 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA in five starts. Torres will serve as a long man out of the bullpen, but he could get the start against the Padres on Tuesday if Guthrie is not ready.
Braves: Frisbees banned
Before and in no relation to Yankees closer Mariano Rivera tearing his right anterior cruciate while shagging fly balls on Thursday, Braves manage Fredi Gonzalez stopped allowing his players to throw a Frisbee around the outfield approximately an hour before the start of batting practice.
"If you watch our BP, watch [Craig] Kimbrel and [Jonny] Venters shag," Gonzalez said. "That's how they get their running in. But that Frisbee, that's out of the question. I solved that a couple days ago. It's not because it's bad. But if something happens, I don't want to answer the questions."
Chipper Jones and Jason Giambi each hit walk-off home runs Wednesday night, marking the first time in Major League history that two players age 40 or older knocked game-ending homers on the same day.
Atlanta's Michael Bourn has hit safely in 20 of his last 22 games.
The Rockies are 36-46 all time against the Braves in Denver.