DENVER -- When the Rockies scheduled a "Purple Monday" for the series opener with the Braves, they probably weren't thinking of cold-induced skin color. But with steady snow falling and Earth Day temperatures of 28 degrees, the first of the three-game set was postponed due to snow. The game will be made up on Tuesday at 3:10 p.m. ET, followed by the regularly scheduled game at 8:40.
It's the first weather postponement the Braves have had this season, but it's the third snowout in eight days for the Rockies, who postponed games last Monday and Wednesday with the Mets. It's the fifth time the Braves and Rockies have been snowed out in Denver, and the Rockies' 16th snowout in franchise history.
"I'm looking for a little disruption right now," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said, welcoming the break in the schedule. "We just lost three in a row against the Pirates. It's all part of the game."
The Braves and Rockies are leading their respective divisions, Atlanta in the East and Colorado in the West, and their matching 13-5 records are the best in baseball.
"These guys are pitching, they're hitting, and they've got the best hitting team in the Major Leagues right now," Gonzalez said of the Rockies, who just ended an eight-game winning streak with a 5-4 loss on Sunday to the D-backs.
Atlanta boasted its own streak early, winning 10 in a row before losing four of their last five to Pittsburgh and Kansas City.
Both clubs will keep their pitching on schedule, with southpaws Mike Minor of the Braves against Jeff Francis starting the 3:10 p.m. game. Atlanta's Julio Teheran will face Jon Garland in the nightcap.
"The thing that you hate is Minor going out there and pitching three innings and then they stop the game, and now you're up against it," Gonzalez said, happy to avoid the risk of starting a game they couldn't finish.
The forecast calls for a high of 36 on Tuesday, though the snow is expected to let up by morning.
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com.