Shelby Miller (5-10, 2.50 ERA) and Yohan Flande (3-1, 3.94 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Atlanta Braves (54-72) and the Colorado Rockies (50-74) at Turner Field. The Rockies won the last game 5-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 26 and can be seen on RTRM and SPSO.
Miller pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs (two unearned), striking out eight and walking four in a 5-3 defeat to the Cubs. Flande went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking three in a 3-2 win over the Nationals in his last outing.
Atlanta is a -136 favorite against Colorado and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Braves have an overall money line of -694 and a record as the favorite of 14-10. Atlanta is unbeaten as the favorite and has a 2-8 SU record in its last ten outings. The Braves are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 301. Atlanta strikes out the least of any team in the NL, with only 6.8 per game. Atlanta's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 5.9 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.5.
As for their opponent, Colorado is coming in with an overall money line of -1,793 and a disappointing record of 35-55 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-6 record, and a 2-8 record SU. Offensively, they average 4.5 runs per game, which is good for second in the NL. The Rockies are tough outs for opponents, ranking third in the NL with 9.2 hits per game. The Rockies allow 5.4 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 7.5 runs per game during that span.
The Rockies have controlled the season series, 5-1. The Braves have a 9-13 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Flande takes the mound. Miller (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rockies, who have a 44-55 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Col, O/U - Under
Atlanta recorded at least two errors for the 14th time this season.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Braves are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Rockies have a 13-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 6-54. The Braves have a 10-49 record when opponents outhit them.
Atlanta ranks at the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 79 this season. Colorado ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 143.
Ranking ninth, Atlanta is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.54 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at third with 9.18.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.677). Colorado ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .756.
When the Rockies allow at least one home run, they are 25-56, well-matched with the Braves who are 21-51 when allowing at least one homer.