Braves vs Rockies Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 2: MLB

Braves vs Rockies Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 2: MLB

Credit: photo by Jayne Kamin-USA TODAY Sports

 
Odds
Time 8:40 p.m. EST
Braves money line -167
Braves run line -1.5 (-115)
Rockies money line +140
Rockies run line 1.5 (-105)
Over / under 12.5 (-110)

 

Key stats
  Braves Rockies
Record 70-62 61-72
Road / home record 37-30 43-22
Last 10 record 4-6 4-6
Streak L3 W1
Over / under record 62-63-7 57-72-3
Runs / game 4.84 4.57
Runs allowed / game 4.17 4.81

 

Preview

The NL East-leading Atlanta Braves are in Coors Field to being a four-game series against the Rockies.  The Braves were swept 3-0 in their last series to the Dodgers, allowing the Phillies to gain ground in the race for the division title and that automatic playoff berth.  Atlanta now sits only two games ahead of Philadelphia but has a chance to put some distance between them as they face the struggling Rockies who sit 4th in the NL West while the Phillies face the bottom of the division Miami.  The Rockies took the last game of the three-game series against the Rangers last night still losing the series 2-1.  This after shocking the Dodgers with a 2-1 series win in LA prior to heading to Texas.  

Pitching matchup

Braves

Touki Toussaint (3-2, 3.60 ERA) Touki Toussaint will start the lineup for the Braves tonight.  It's the 8th start for Toussaint who's pitched 40 innings so far for a 3-2 record and 3.60 ERA which is the best of his four years in the majors.  Throughout those 40 innings, Toussaint has surrendered 31 hits with 16 ERs, struck out 40 and walked 15 batters.  Last month, Toussaint's ERA was 2.74 throughout 23 innings and he gave up 17 hits in five games with seven ERs.

Rockies

Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-6, 6.09 ERA) Taking the ball first for Colorado will be Chi Chi Gonzalez for his 17th start of the season.  Gonzalez only made two appearances in the last month, throwing for 4 innings total in two games.  His ERA in those games is 6.75 and he gave up four hits and 3 ERs with one strikeout and no walks. 

Prediction

The Braves need to bounce back to keep a firm grip on top spot in this division, especially since the Phillies may have an easy time against the Marlins.  The Rockies are struggling to find consistency and have nothing at stake.  

PICK: Braves -1.5 (-115)

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