Braves vs. Rockies - 7/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Rockies (40-48) at Atlanta Braves (31-58)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 15, 2016 at 7:35 pm (Turner Field)
J De La Rosa (5-6) (5.74) vs. L Harrell (1-0) (1.32)
The Line: Atlanta Braves / Colorado Rockies --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves play game one of their series early Friday night.
The Colorado Rockies could use a win after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Rockies have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Colorado Rockies have an ERA of 5.08 and have lost eight straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Carlos Gonzalez leads Colorado with 107 hits, DJ LeMahieu has 32 RBI and Nolan Arenado has 23 home runs. Jorge De La Rosa gets the nod, and he’s 5-6 with a 5.74 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. De La Rosa is 1-2 with a 6.54 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
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The Atlanta Braves also need a win after losing 10 of their last 16 games. The Braves have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Atlanta Braves offense has picked up recently, and they’ve won five of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Freddie Freeman leads Atlanta with 95 hits, Nick Markakis has 47 RBI and Adonis Garcia has five home runs. Lucas Harrell takes the hill, and he’s 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. Harrell is 2-2 with a 6.53 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Rockies.
The Rockies are 1-6 in their last 7 road games and 1-4 in De La Rosas last 5 road starts. The Braves are 22-49 in their last 71 home games and 1-6 in their last 7 games following a win. The Rockies are 14-37 in the last 51 meetings in Atlanta and 8-1 in the last 9 meetings overall.
I avoid the Braves as much as I can, and that's not going to change here. The Rockies are one of the best offensive teams in baseball, while the Braves struggle to put runs up. This series could get downright ugly. Give me the Rockies.