Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is swinging a hot bat, with hits in 21 of his last 28 games. It will be up to Jorge De La Rosa to slow him down, as the veteran takes the Rockies into the second half. Lucas Harrell will start Friday's game for the Braves.
Freeman homered in two of his last three games entering the All-Star break, and the excellent month-long stretch raised his batting average from .242 to .286. His latest power surge has also raised his slugging percentage to a career high .518.
De La Rosa has held Freeman to one hit in six at-bats and is heating up prior to the Trade Deadline. De La Rosa has four straight quality starts and a 2.61 ERA since being reinstated to the rotation on June 14.
Things you should know
• De La Rosa has a 6.54 career ERA against the Braves, which is his fifth-highest against a team he has faced at least five times. In two starts against Atlanta last season, he allowed seven runs over 13 innings with 10 strikeouts and six walks.
• Trevor Story tied the NL rookie record for home runs before the All-Star break at 21, matching Dave Kingman (1972) and Albert Pujols (2001). However, most of the home runs have come away from the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field with 11 road home runs, tied for fourth-most in the NL.
Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.