Heading into game two of this National League matchup, it will be Peter Lambert on the mound for the Rockies (49-82, 28-34 home), facing off against the Braves (85-45, 41-23 away) and Charlie Morton. Find out my prediction for today’s Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies game in Denver.
ATLANTA BRAVES VS COLORADO ROCKIES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Colorado Rockies +1.5 Runs
This game will be played at Coors Field at 8:40 ET on Tuesday, August 29th.
WHY BET THE COLORADO ROCKIES:
- In their previous three games, the Rockies are 2-1 vs. the runline.
- The last three times the Rockies have been the underdog, they are 2-1 against the runline.
- Opponents are hitting just .198 against Peter Lambert in his last two starts.
ATLANTA BRAVES LOOKING TO EXTEND NL EAST LEAD
Atlanta comes into the game with an above .500 series record on the road at 16-4. Currently, the Braves are 1st in the NL East with an overall record of 85-45. Against the runline, they are 69-61 and have an over/under mark of 70-56. On the road, Atlanta has a runline record of 35-29.
The Braves will give the ball to Charlie Morton, who holds a record of 13-10. The right-hander is riding a three-game streak of allowing fewer than three earned runs. His ERA stands at 3.37, with a FIP of 3.88, while opponents have managed just a .361 slugging percentage against him this season. Morton has also racked up 157 strikeouts so far in 2023.
In his most recent start, Charlie Morton earned the win in a 7-0 shutout against the Mets. The veteran righty tossed seven scoreless frames, allowing just two hits. This was Morton’s second consecutive quality start.
So far this season, the Braves’ has gone deep 246 times, placing them 1st in the league. Over Atlanta’s previous five games, they are 11th in runs scored, with their season average of 5.8 runs per game putting them 1st in the league. The Braves’ overall team batting average stands at .275 along with an OBP of .345.
Austin Riley has been a major contributor to the Braves’ offense this season, leading the team with 31 home runs over their last five games. His batting average stands at .274, making him one of the most consistent hitters in the lineup.
WILL THE COLORADO ROCKIES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Heading into their 131st game of the season, the Rockies have an overall record of 49-82, and have a win percentage of just 45.2% at home. Currently, Colorado is 5th in the NL West and has a 14-25-3 record across their 42 series.
Peter Lambert will take the mound for the Rockies with a 3-4 record. In his 22 appearances this season, he has an ERA of 4.92 and has allowed batters to hit .250 against him. He has issued 25 walks and struck out 62 batters, resulting in a WHIP of 1.33 and a SLG allowed of .489.
Peter Lambert was unable to secure a victory in his last outing, going five innings as the Rockies fell 5-3 to the Rays. The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits, but did not factor into the decision.
Having gone deep 4 times in their last five games, the Rockies are 9th in that span. At 4.4 runs per game, Colorado is 18th in the league. This figure has come on a team batting average of .250 while hitting a total of 132 home runs (22nd).
The Rockies’ Ryan McMahon has been a major contributor to the team’s offense this season. He boasts a .253 batting average, with 67 runs batted in and 22 home runs.