Atlanta Braves (4-2) at Colorado Rockies (4-3)
|Date & Time||Friday April 6, 2018, 4:10 PM (EDT)|
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The Line: Colorado Rockies -160 / Atlanta Braves +150 --- Over/Under: 11.5
The Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies meet Friday in MLB action at Coors Field.
The Atlanta Braves look to build on their 4-2 record when they take the road for the first time. The Braves offense has caught fire out of the gate, producing 20 runs in their last two games and four or more runs in five of their first six games. The Atlanta Braves weren’t an offensive juggernaut last season, but they have won 15 of their last 18 games when scoring more than three runs. Ryan Flaherty leads the Braves with 10 hits and two RBI while Preston Tucker and Nick Markakis have combined for 17 hits and 14 RBI. Brandon McCarthy gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA and five strikeouts this season. McCarthy is 2-3 with a 5.40 ERA and 40 strikeouts in his career against the Rockies.
The Colorado Rockies look for another victory after winning four of their last five games. The Rockies have allowed three runs in their last two games and two or less runs in three of their last five games. The Colorado Rockies are going to be a tough team to beat as long as the pitching shows up, as the offense is too talented to be kept in check most nights. Offensively, Charlie Blackmon leads the Rockies with 10 hits and six RBI while DJ LeMahieu and Ian Desmond have combined for 16 hits and 11 RBI. German Marquez gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and four strikeouts this season. This will be Marquez’s first career game against the Braves.
The Braves are 1-6 in their last 7 road games, 5-2 in their last 7 games on grass and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Rockies are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League East, 4-0 in Marquezs last 4 Friday starts and 9-2 in Marquezs last 11 home starts. The Braves are 2-12 in the last 14 meetings in Colorado, 5-18 in the last 23 meetings and the under is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
Marquez isn't a pitcher I'm trying to back in any spot, but the Rockies have caught fire the last few days and now make their debut at home where the offense usually puts up video game numbers. Last season, McCarthy had an ERA of 4.67 and an allowed batting average of .293 on the road last season. In 87 career at bats against current Rockies players, McCarthy is allowing a .299 batting average with four extra base hits. Not good when heading into Coors. Give me the Rockies for the victory.