Colorado Rockies vs. Atlanta Braves
The Colorado and Atlanta Braves meet for game one of their series at Coors Field. The Rockies are -115 favorites over the Braves with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Colorado Rockies are a tough team to figure out this season as they have a roster that is loaded with talent but just haven’t seem to be able to put it all together consistently. The Rockies have lost two in a row, are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 24-24 at home this season and are nine games back and in third place in the National League West. As a team Colorado is hitting .255 led by Todd Helton at .324, Seth Smith at .295, and Carlos Gonzalez at .287 while Troy Tulowitzki leads the Rockies in home runs with 17. On the mound the Rockies pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.13 with the starters at 4.16 and the bullpen at 4.06. For game one against the Braves Colorado starts Jason Hammel who has lost two of his last three decisions. For the season Hammel has allowed 112 hits and 52 earned runs while striking out 56 in 110.2 innings of work.
The Atlanta Braves are one of the hottest teams in all of baseball but because they play in the same division as the Philadelphia Phillies they are almost flying under the radar. The Braves are 26-20 on the road this season, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they trail the Phillies by three and a half games in the NL East. As a team Atlanta is hitting .237 led by Brian McCann at .308, Martin Prado at .274, and Freddie Freeman at .273. The Braves pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.17 with the starters at 3.33 and the bullpen at 2.87. For game one in Colorado Atlanta starts Derek Lowe who lost last time out after winning his prior two starts. For the season Lowe has allowed 115 hits and 54 earned runs while striking out 81 over 113 innings of work.
Colorado is 3-8 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record, 4-1 in their last five game one of a series, and 3-10 in Hammel’s last 13 starts. Atlanta is 4-1 in their last five game one of a series, 13-4 in their last 17 games overall, and 1-7 in Lowe’s last eight starts against the NL West. Atlanta is 0-4 in their last four meetings in Colorado.
Both of these pitchers have the ability to pitch a big game but those have been few and far between for both of them, look for plenty of hits and plenty of runs. Take the over 9.5 runs here.