A pair of National League teams on opposite sides of the playoff cut line take to the diamond in their series finale in Hotlanta. The Colorado Rockies are on the road as they make the trip for the final game of a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves Thursday afternoon. In the opening game of the series Tuesday night, it was the Rockies earning a 5-4 victory to draw first blood in the set. Will the Rockies continue to be a thorn in the side of NL East teams or can the Braves bounce back at home? This article was published prior to the conclusion of the middle game of the series at Truist Park Wednesday night.
Colorado Rockies Looking to Win Back-to-Back Road SeriesColorado won for the fourth time in five games as they downed Atlanta in the opening game of this series Tuesday night. The Rockies entered Wednesday fourth in the NL West, 28 games behind the Giants for the division lead. In the NL wild-card race, the team was 8.5 games behind the Cardinals for the second wild-card spot. On Tuesday night, Colorado finished with seven hits with Garrett Hampson (run, RBI) the only player with two in the contest. Trevor Story (his 22nd) and Brendan Rodgers (his 12th) each homered in the victory for the Rockies. Jon Gray (8-10) earned the win on the mound as he threw five innings, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Carlos Estevez worked the ninth, allowing one hit with one walk and one strikeout, but earned his eighth save.
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German Marquez is expected to get the ball for his 30th start of the year for the Rockies in the series finale. He comes in 12-10 with a 3.93 ERA, a 1.204 WHIP, 56 walks and 167 strikeouts over 167 innings of work on the year. Marquez earned the win in his last start, which came Friday on the road against the Phillies. He threw six innings, allowing no runs on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts in an eventual 11-2 Rockies victory. Pitching on the road this season, Marquez is 4-8 with a 4.93 ERA, a 1.342 WHIP, 22 walks and 77 strikeouts over 73 innings in 13 starts. Marquez makes his fifth career start against the Braves in this contest. He comes in 1-2 with a 6.65 ERA, a 1.477 WHIP, eight walks and 14 strikeouts over 21.2 innings of work against them. Marquez earned the win in his lone career start at Truist Park, which came on August 19, 2018. He threw seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts in a 4-2 Rockies victory.
Atlanta Braves Maintaining Edge in NL East RaceAtlanta came up on the short end of the stick in Tuesday’s series opener but it didn’t hurt them in the standings. The Braves entered Wednesday holding a 4.5-game advantage on the Phillies in the NL East. On Tuesday, Atlanta finished with eight hits with Freddie Freeman (run, RBI) the lone player with two in the contest. Adam Duvall hit his 35th homer of the season in the loss. Touki Toussaint (3-3) took the loss on the mound as he was tagged for four runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts before departing. The bullpen was solid, allowing one run on two hits with two walks and five strikeouts over five innings, but it wasn’t enough.
Ian Anderson is projected to take the mound for his 22nd start of the year for the Braves here. He comes in with a 7-5 record, a 3.61 ERA, a 1.295 WHIP, 47 walks and 107 strikeouts over 109.2 innings of work on the year. Anderson earned the win in his last start, which came Friday at home against the Marlins. He threw five innings, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in a game the Braves eventually won by a 6-2 score. At home this season, Anderson is 4-1 with a 3.58 ERA, a 1.139 WHIP, 19 walks and 55 strikeouts over 55.1 innings in 10 starts. Anderson didn’t factor in the decision in his lone career start against the Rockies, which came on the road on September 4. He threw three innings, allowing four runs on five hits with four walks and no strikeouts in an 8-6 Braves defeat. Anderson is 5-2 with a 3.09 ERA, a 1.129 WHIP, 25 walks and 71 strikeouts over 70 innings in 13 career starts at Truist Park.
The top trends for this contest are:
- Rockies are 4-0 in Marquez's last 4 starts during game 3 of a series
- Rockies are 8-1 in Marquez's last 9 starts vs. National League East
- Braves are 1-4 in Anderson's last 5 starts with 5 days of rest
- Braves are 1-4 in Anderson's last 5 starts vs. a team with a losing record
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Marquez turned in a solid outing in his last start as he shut down the Phillies on the road over six strong innings. The Rockies are doing a solid job of playing spoiler as they took three of four from the Phillies before winning the opening game of this set. Anderson struggled in his only start against the Rockies, and while that came at Coors Field, the fact remains that he still is struggling to go deep in games. In addition, he’s made only four starts since the All-Star break and hasn’t thrown more than 5.2 innings in a start dating back to July 1. Atlanta showed that they had their issues when it came to driving in runs against decent pitching, even when it’s tied to a mediocre team. Marquez did the job against the Phillies and he turns in another good outing here as the Rockies steal one on getaway day to take the series.
Full-Game Total Pick
We saw the teams combine for nine runs in the opening game of this set on Tuesday night. Anderson sputtered in his lone start against the Rockies where the teams combined for 13 runs, but that came at Coors Field. We’ve seen the Rockies struggle mightily on the road this season as they have a composite .215/.289/.346 slash line while ranking 29th in the majors in runs per game on the road as they average 3.42 runs per contest. Marquez has struggled on the road this season but he turned in six scoreless frames in his last outing. Look for this one to be a well-pitched contest and it ends up under the total.