Colorado Rockies (68-58; 52-68-6 O/U) vs. Atlanta Braves (56-69; 65-56-4 O/U)
MLB: Friday, August 25, 2017 at 7:35pm EST
Line: Atlanta -110/Colorado -110
The Atlanta Braves and the Colorado Rockies will begin a three game series starting Friday evening from SunTrust Park. The Rockies will give the nod to 28-year old right-hander Chad Bettis, and the Braves will give the nod to 26-year old right-hander Julio Teheran. The season series is currently tied two games apiece.
Bettis Starts his Season with Two Strong Performances
Chad Bettis will make his third start of the season, aiming for his first win. Bettis was solid again in his previous start, holding the Brewers to three runs in seven innings and finished with the no decision in a game the Rockies lost. The veteran right-hander is off to a great as he tossed seven shutout innings against the Braves in his first start of the season on August 14th. He now owns a 3-1 record with a 3.86 ERA in 37.1 career innings against Atlanta. Nick Markakis is 5 for 13 against Bettis, while Freddie Freeman is 1 for 15, and Matt Kemp is 2 for 12 with three RBI’s. Mark Reynolds has been the most productive Rockies hitter this past week, belting three home runs along with nine RBI’s over his last eight games. The 34-year old first baseman is having one of the best years of his ten years in the Majors, sporting a .275 average with 26 home runs and 84 RBI’s. Reynolds has feasted on the Braves pitching this season, driving in six runs in four games.
The Rockies have slowed up offensively and are averaging 5.19 runs per game, good for fourth in the Majors, and feature a .274 team batting average. The Colorado pitching is carrying a 4.65 team ERA, positioning them 21st in the Major Leagues.
Teheran Targets First Win Since Early July
Julio Teheran will get the nod for the 26th time of the season, aiming for his first win of the month. Teheran conceded five runs (four earned) in six innings pitched to the Reds in his previous outing, and was charged with the loss to drop his record to 7-11. The Braves ace is having a disappointing season, posting a 5.02 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP in 143.1 innings logged. He faced the Rockies earlier this month and was outstanding, hurling seven scoreless innings and now features a 4-1 record with a stifling 2.17 ERA in eight career starts against Colorado. Charlie Blackmon is 5 for 20 against Teheran, while Nolan Arenado is 1 for 11, and DJ LeMahieu is 2 for 18. Nick Markakis is swinging a hot bat, collecting 10 RBI’s over his last nine games. The career .288 hitter is having a solid season, hitting .281 with eight home runs and 65 RBI’s. Markakis is a solid 6 for 16 with three RBI’s against the Rockies this season.
The Braves are currently averaging 4.59 runs per game, ranking them 20th in the Majors, and are hitting .262 as a team. The Atlanta pitching has not been sharp, carrying a 4.79 team ERA, positioning them 25th overall.
The Colorado Rockies are:
- 4-18 in their last 22 road games against a right-handed starter.
- 0-4 in their last 4 games overall.
- 5-17 in their last 22 road games against a team with a losing record.
The Atlanta Braves are:
- 4-0 in Teheran’s last 4 home starts against the Rockies.
- 24-9 in their last 33 home games against the Rockies.
I am siding with the Braves in this one. Teheran just tossed seven shutout innings over the Rockies at Coors Field ten days ago, and he now features a 4-1 record with a sparkling 2.17 ERA against the Rockies, so I am confident backing him. Furthermore, the Rockies are not nearly as strong on the road, and they have scored four or fewer runs in five out of their last six games, while the Braves are swinging the bats well.