Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/23/14
Colorado Rockies (26-21) at Atlanta Braves (25-20)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 7:35 pm (Turner Field)
Jordan Lyles (R) (5-1) (3.500) vs. Gavin Floyd (R) (0-1) (2.412)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -124 / Colorado Rockies +114 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-RM, SPSO
The Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves will clash for the first time this season when they meet Friday night at Turner Field.
The Rockies are just trying to get back to playing consistent baseball, as they’ve lost five of their last eight games. Still five games above .500, the Rockies have been held to three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. Keep in mind the Rockies have scored the most runs in baseball and are 21-8 when scoring three or more runs. Carlos Gonzalez missed Thursday’s game with a finger injury and Troy Tulowitzki has four homers in his last 10 games. Taking the mound Friday is Jordan Lyles, who is 5-1 with a 3.50 ERA and has 35 strikeouts in 54 innings. This is Lyles’ second career start against the Braves.
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The Braves have recaptured first place in the NL East with four wins in their last five games. A struggling Braves offense has led the way during this stretch, scoring five or more runs in their last four wins. Jason Hayward has a 10-game hitting streak and B.J. Upton has homered twice in his last eight games. The Braves are 18-3 when scoring more than three runs. Gavin Floyd will get the start, and he’s 0-1 with a 2.41 ERA and has 17 strikeouts in 18.2 innings. Floyd is 0-1 with a 6.48 ERA in three career starts against the Rockies.
The Rockies are 8-2 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series and 2-5 in their last 7 games as an underdog. The Braves are 82-37 in their last 119 home games and 7-2 in their last 9 games as a favorite. The Rockies are 14-38 in the last 52 meetings in Atlanta.
The Braves are money playing at home and the Rockies haven't been the most trustworthy team so far. I like the Braves for the cheap price with Floyd on the mound.