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Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies - 8/16/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Rockies (64-56) at Atlanta Braves (68-51)
Date & Time Thursday August 16, 2018, 7:35 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Atlanta Braves +111 / Colorado Rockies -121 --- Over/Under: 8.5
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MLB | Colorado Rockies (64-56) at Atlanta Braves (68-51)
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves meet Thursday in MLB action at SunTrust Park.

The Colorado Rockies look for a victory here after splitting their last 12 games. The Rockies have scored 10 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Colorado Rockies have won six of their last nine games when scoring more than one run. Trevor Story leads the Rockies with 132 hits and 83 RBI while Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon have combined for 257 hits and 135 RBI. Jon Gray gets the ball, and he is 9-7 with a 4.81 ERA and 148 strikeouts this season. Gray is 3-0 with a 1.04 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.

The Atlanta Braves look to stay hot while building on their five-game winning streak. The Braves have scored 21 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Atlanta Braves have won 14 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Nick Markakis leads the Braves with 150 hits and 76 RBI while Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies have combined for 284 hits and 137 RBI. Julio Teheran gets the ball, and he is 8-7 with a 4.33 ERA and 117 strikeouts this season. Teheran is 5-1 with a 2.21 ERA and 51 strikeouts in his career against the Rockies.

The Rockies are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Braves are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series, 8-3 in their last 11 Thursday games and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. National League West. The Rockies are 17-35 in the last 52 meetings in Atlanta, 19-7 in the last 26 meetings and the under is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings.

We're getting plus money with a Braves squad at home that's won five straight and is consistently putting up crooked numbers. Teheran has also allowed one or less runs in three of his last six starts and is allowing just a .207 batting average on the season. Gray has been decent for the park he pitches in, but even on the road, he's allowing a 4.88 ERA with an allowed batting average of .251. Maybe I'm missing something, but the value is all over the Braves at home in their current form. 

Atlanta Braves +111

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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