Atlanta Braves (5-3) at Colorado Rockies (5-4)
|Date & Time||Sunday April 8, 2018, 3:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Colorado Rockies -140 / Atlanta Braves +126 --- Over/Under: 11.5
The Atlanta Braves and the Colorado Rockies square off in the rubber match of their three game set from Coors Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Atlanta Braves will look to bounce back and take the series after losing game two by a final score of 3-2 in 10 innings on Saturday. Freddie Freeman went 1 for 5 with a double and an RBI while Ryan Flaherty went 2 for 4 with an RBI of his own to round out the scoring for the Braves in the loss. Ender Inciarte also chipped in a double while Ozzie Albies, Nick Markakis, Dansby Swanson and Carlos Perez each contributed a base knock to finish off the offensive output for Atlanta in defeat. Anibal Sanchez gave up two runs on seven hits while walking a pair and striking out six over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Arodys Vizcaino gave up the game deciding run in the 10th, taking the loss to fall to 1-1 this season. Sean Newcomb will start the finale and is 0-1 with a 10.38 ERA and 6 strikeouts this season. In his career, Newcomb is 0-0 with a 5.91 ERA and 13 strikeouts against Colorado.
The Colorado Rockies will look to keep their momentum going after winning 5 of their last 7 games after their game two victory on Saturday. Trevor Story hit a solo homer while Tony Walters and Nolan Arenado each added an RBI to round out the trio of runs on the board for the Rockies in the victory. DJ LeMahieu went 2 for 5 with a double while Carlos Gonzalez added a two-bagger of his own. Gerardo Parra added two base hits as well in the winning effort for the Rockies. Chad Bettis went 5.2 innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking a pair and striking out three, not factoring in the decision. Wade Davis got his first blown save of the year while Adam Ottavino picked up the win to improve to 2-0 this season. Kyle Freeland will take to the bump for game three and is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and 6 strikeouts this season. In his career, Freeland is 0-0 with a 5.25 ERA and 10 strikeouts against Atlanta.
Atlanta is 5-11 in Newcomb’s last 16 starts and 2-6 in their last 8 road games while the over is 7-1-3 in their last 11 games overall. Colorado is 1-4 in Freeland’s last 5 starts and 20-8 in their last 28 home games against a left-handed starter while the under is 13-3 in Freeland’s last 16 home starts. Atlanta is 6-18 in the last 24 meetings between these two teams and 3-12 in the last 15 meetings in Colorado.
These two combined to give up 10 runs, 9 earned, in their respective opening starts this season over a combined 9.2 innings of work. No thanks, not when you consider that the ball flies in the thin air in Colorado. Instead, I’ll side with who was a common trend in Colorado last season, and expect there to be lots of scoring in this one. Give me the over here despite a less than impressive showing from both clubs on Saturday.