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Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies - 4/26/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Colorado Rockies at Atlanta Braves
Date & Time Friday April 26, 2019, 7:20 PM (EDT)
Location
SunTrust Park
Atlanta, GA
The Line
Atlanta Braves -165 / Colorado Rockies +145
TV Channel
FS-South
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The Colorado Rockies and the Atlanta Braves meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from SunTrust Park on Friday night.

The Colorado Rockies will look to keep their momentum going after winning 8 of their last 10 games, including winning their series against Washington with a 9-5 victory in game three on Wednesday. Nolan Arenado and Raimel Tapia each went 2 for 4 with three RBIs with Tapia belting a pair of doubles. David Dahl and Charlie Blackmon each had an RBI as well with Dahl going 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles while Blackmon hit a solo home run. Trevor Story went 2 for 4 with a triple and a double while Daniel Murphy and Ryan McMahon each had a base hit to cap off the Rockies’ offense in the winning effort. German Marquez gave up three runs on eight hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work to improve to 3-1 with the win while Wade Davis closed out the game for his 3rd save of the year. Antonio Senzatela will start game one and is 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA and 7 strikeouts this season. This will be Senzatela’s second career start against Atlanta.

The Atlanta Braves will look to rebound after suffering a 4-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in their series finale on Thursday night. Freddie Freeman led the Braves by going 3 for 4 with a two-run home run, accounting for all of Atlanta’s scoring in the losing effort. Johan Camargo and Dansby Swanson each went 2 for 4 with Swanson adding a double while Nick Markakis, Josh Donaldson, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Brian McCann each adding a base hit as well in the loss. Julio Teheran took the loss, falling to 2-3 on the year after allowing three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out seven over six innings of work. Max Fried will start game one and is 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. This will be Fried’s second career start against Colorado.

Colorado is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall and 3-7 in their last 10 games against a left-handed starter while the under is 8-0 in Senzatela’s last 8 road starts. Atlanta is 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 0-4 in their last 4 series opening matchups while the over is 4-1 in Fried’s last 5 starts overall. Colorado is 23-9 in the last 32 meetings between these two teams and 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between the two teams in Atlanta.

I can understand Atlanta being favored because the Braves are at home. However, the Braves had to travel to Atlanta after having a game that was heavily delayed due to rain, while the Rockies have had a day to rest and get acclimated in Atlanta. Fried has pitched well so far this season, but the Rockies have owned this matchup over the years and have had all of the recent success in Atlanta, so all things considered, I like Colorado to keep their momentum going and steal game one on Friday.

Pick:
Colorado Rockies +145

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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