The Braves took the first series against the Rockies in late May, but both their wins came against pitchers no longer in the rotation.
Franklin Morales has been relegated to the bullpen in favor of phenom right-hander Eddie Butler. Jordan Lyles broke his left hand in a home plate collision last Wednesday and was replaced by right-hander Christian Bergman, who will be making his Major League debut Monday.
If Bergman's Triple-A numbers are to be believed, he was born to pitch in the Coors Field altitude. Bergman owns a 2.04 ERA across his five starts with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox this season, only allowing two home runs across 35 1/3 innings.
"I think part of it is knowing who I am as pitcher and going with my strengths," said Bergman. "The other part of it is not being intimidated by the fact that [you're pitching at] at 6,000 feet or whatever it is."
Braves right hander Gavin Floyd (0-2) didn't find thin air too imposing in his only career start at Coors Field either. Back in 2011 while still with the White Sox, Floyd went seven innings, limiting the Rockies to two runs on six hits in a 3-2 loss.
Floyd has looked that sharp in nearly every one of his 2014 starts since returning to the National League. He's currently on pace to set a new career-best strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.44) and he hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in a game this season.
Braves: Evan Gattis locked in at plate
In their May 25 series finale, catcher Evan Gattis left his mark on the Rockies, stroking two home runs off Franklin Morales in the Braves' 7-0 victory.
That would start what is now a career-high, nine-game hitting streak. Over that span, Gattis has gone 13-of-33 with four home runs, 10 RBIs and four runs scored.
For the season, Gattis is batting .269 with 12 home runs and 28 RBIs. In 35 career at-bats against the Rockies, Gattis only has seven hits, but he has made them count, totaling seven runs and eight RBIs.
Rockies: Prospect Winkler to have elbow examined
Right-handed pitching prospect Daniel Winkler, who entered Double-A Tulsa's game Saturday at Springfield leading the Texas league in ERA, WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) and strikeouts, left after 3 2/3 innings with a sore right elbow.
Winkler, a 20th-round Draft pick in 2011 who led the Minor Leagues in strikeouts last year with 175 in 157 innings at the Class A and Double-A levels and has 71 strikeouts in 70 innings this year, will visit a doctor on Monday for an MRI.
Winkler, from the University of Central Florida, was not in Major League camp this spring, but his strong start at Tulsa has drawn the interest of Rockies officials. His name has been mentioned as a possible callup on a couple of occasions this year.
• Braves outfielder Jason Heyward's 11-game hitting streak came to an end against the D-backs on Sunday, one game shy of tying his career-high.
• Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, who was batting .305 at the time, broke his finger in the previous series opener against the Braves. Since that time, Rockies starting third basemen have combined to hit .267 (12-for-45).
Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.