Atlanta Braves vs Colorado Rockies 8/28/2023 – The field is set for an exciting showdown as the Atlanta Braves and the Colorado Rockies lock horns in game 1 of their 3-game series at Coors Field. With both teams having distinct strengths and weaknesses, this matchup promises to be a riveting contest. In this preview, we’ll delve into the key details of both teams and provide insights for a potential outcome. The Rockies have failed to make it to the playoffs and are up against the strongest team in baseball. The MLB betting odds today are leaning towards the Braves to secure an easy victory.
Atlanta Braves vs Colorado Rockies 8/28/2023
|When:||Monday, August 28, 8:40 PM ET|
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The Atlanta Braves are riding high on their recent success, clinching victories in 12 of their last 16 games. Their commanding 12.5-game lead in the NL East speaks volumes about their prowess this season. The Braves’ pitching staff has showcased their mettle, ranking 3rd in ERA (3.82), 12th in WHIP (1.27), and 12th in quality starts (49). Their offensive powerhouse is hard to ignore, leading the league in runs per game (5.78), batting average (.273), and homers (244).
A trio of standout players—Ronald Acuna Jr., Austin Riley, and Matt Olson—have spearheaded their batting lineup, accumulating a staggering 272 hits and 190 RBI collectively. Taking the mound for the Braves is Bryce Elder, boasting an impressive 10-4 record, a 3.39 ERA, and 103 strikeouts this season. Notably, this will be Elder’s second career face-off against the Rockies.
In their recent history against the Rockies, the Braves have secured six consecutive victories. However, they’ve faced challenges covering the run line during night games following a loss. The team’s ability to lead after 3 and 7 innings against specific opponents raises interesting dynamics for this matchup.
Players to watch: Ronald Acuna Jr. RF (GP 129, AB 518, R 115, H 171, 2B 30, 3B 3, HR 28, RBI 74, TB 291, BB 68, SO 73, SB 59, AVG 0.33, OBP 0.413, SLG 0.562, OPS 0.975, WAR 6.4, Austin Riley 3B (GP 129, AB 513, R 93, H 140, 2B 24, 3B 1, HR 30, RBI 78, TB 256, BB 46, SO 136, SB 3, AVG 0.273, OBP 0.334, SLG 0.499, OPS 0.833, WAR 4.3
The Colorado Rockies, on the other hand, are entering the contest with the intent to play spoiler, hoping to turn the tables on their recent struggles—losing 6 of their last 7 games. Sporting the NL’s worst record at 49-81, the Rockies have faced considerable pitching challenges, ranking 29th in ERA (5.50), 29th in WHIP (1.50), and 27th in quality starts (34). Their offense, while not as dominant as the Braves, ranks 19th in runs per game (4.39) and 15th in batting average (.249), with 131 homers (25th) to their name.
Key players like Ezequiel Tovar, Ryan McMahon, and Elias Diaz have shouldered the offensive load, tallying 225 hits and 127 RBI collectively. The Rockies are placing their hopes on Austin Gomber, who has posted a 9-9 record, a 5.48 ERA, and 86 strikeouts this season. Gomber’s history against the Braves poses an exciting subplot, as he has previously struggled against them.
The Rockies have encountered struggles on their home turf, losing 11 consecutive home games against NL opponents after a road win. However, their ability to cover the run line against the Braves after a road win showcases their potential to surprise. Their performance after specific innings and in the ‘Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs’ market also adds layers to the matchup.
Players to watch: Ryan McMahon 3B (GP 125, AB 464, R 73, H 116, 2B 26, 3B 3, HR 21, RBI 65, TB 211, BB 58, SO 159, SB 5, AVG 0.25, OBP 0.333, SLG 0.455, OPS 0.788, WAR 3.3, Ezequiel Tovar SS (GP 122, AB 457, R 65, H 118, 2B 28, 3B 3, HR 15, RBI 60, TB 197, BB 21, SO 130, SB 8, AVG 0.258, OBP 0.295, SLG 0.431, OPS 0.726, WAR 2.
Atlanta Braves vs Colorado Rockies Betting Numbers
Atlanta are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
Braves is 6-0 SU in their last 6 games against Colorado.
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Atlanta’s last 13 games on the road.
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Colorado.
Atlanta are 9-4 SU in their last 13 games against an opponent in the National League.
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Colorado’s last 11 games.
Colorado is 1-6 SU in their last 7 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Colorado’s last 5 games at home.
Colorado is 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta.
Colorado is 1-7 SU in their last 8 games against an opponent in the National League.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado’s last 6 games against an opponent in the National League East Division.
Atlanta Braves vs Colorado Rockies Betting Picks
Considering the current form of both teams, it’s evident that the Braves are coming in with a stronger momentum. Their dominant pitching staff and formidable batting lineup give them an edge over the struggling Rockies. Elder’s previous success against the Rockies bodes well for the Braves, potentially leading them to another victory. While the Rockies have the potential to bounce back, their pitching challenges and inconsistencies might hinder their ability to secure a win in this contest. The baseball betting money line is intact for the Braves to win this exciting game.
Score Prediction: Braves 7, Rockies 4.