Atlanta Braves at Colorado Rockies Free Preview

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The Atlanta Braves will be taking on the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The game will begin at 6:10 p.m. ET and this NL showdown will be shown on both ATRM and FSSE.

Atlanta Braves at Colorado Rockies Odds

Colorado (+135) is the underdog to Atlanta (-155) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this one at 11 runs (-125 for the under and +105 for the over). Gamblers can also bet on the games spread with the most recent runline odds sitting at Braves +1.5 runs (+140) and Rockies -1.5 runs (-150).

The Braves have gone 5-2 SU this year and are 5-1 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 3.1 units for moneyline bettors in this young season and 4.5 units ATS. The Rockies are 4-4 SU and 5-2 ATS. The team has gained 1.3 units for moneyline bettors and 4.0 units ATS.

Colorado games have had an over/under record of 4-2-1 so far in 2018. Braves games have gone over three times, gone under zero times and pushed on three instances.

The Braves have gained 3.1 units and are 5-1 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in three of those games, compared to zero that’ve gone under against righty starters. On the other hand, the Rockies have netted 1.3 units and are 2-1 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in two of those games, as opposed to one that’ve gone under.

Right-hander Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will get the start for the visiting Braves. Sanchez recorded 104 strikeouts in 105 innings last year with only 29 walks while finishing the season 3-7 overall with a 6.41 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.

The Rockies are going with righty Chad Bettis (1-0, 3.60 ERA) as their starter. Bettis started 9 games last year while finishing the season 2-4 overall with a 5.05 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. He recorded two starts against the Braves a year ago and put up a 0-1 record with a 3.75 ERA and five strikeouts.

As a unit, Colorado’s pitching staff has allowed 5.1 runs per game overall in 2018. The teams starting pitching staff has an ERA of 5.26, a WHIP of 1.60 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.8. The bullpen has a 4.85 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 7.9 K/9.

The Colorado hitters are putting up 4.3 runs per contest, including 4.4 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .226/.319/.387 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Rockies batters have been led by right fielder Charlie Blackmon and second baseman DJ LeMahieu. Blackmon is hitting .313/.389/.750 with 10 hits, six RBIs and eight runs scored, and LeMahieu’s line is .276/.417/.517 with eight hits, four RBIs and five runs.

Blackmon enjoyed hitting against right-handed pitching at home last year. Over 234 such plate appearances, he slashed .381/.462/.787 (his total season line was .331/.399/.601).

In the visiting dugout, Atlanta’s pitching staff allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.82 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 9.26 K/9. The bullpen has managed an excellent ERA of just 1.45, along with a WHIP of 1.53 and a K/9 of 8.71.

The Braves offense has slashed .298/.385/.488 on its way to 8.0 runs scored per game in 2018, including over the teams last five outings (4-1 SU).

Atlanta’s offensive production been led by first baseman Freddie Freeman and left fielder Preston Tucker. Freeman is slashing .409/.618/.818 with nine hits, 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored, while Tucker (.435/.462/.783) is up to 10 hits, two homers, nine RBIs and five runs scored.

Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies Free Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Rockies, ATS Winner – Braves, O/U – OVER

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  • The Braves went 3-4 SU against the Rockies last season.
  • The Braves bullpen posted an ERA of 7.54 against the Rockies last year.