Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 6.06 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves (54-71) meet Chad Bettis (5-4, 4.88 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (49-74) in the second of a three-game series at Turner Field. The Braves won the last game 5-3 and Atlanta leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and will air on RTRM and SPSO.
In his most recent outing, Foltynewicz pitched 4.2 innings, giving up seven runs, striking out six and walking two in a 7-1 loss to the Cubs. The Rockies were unsuccessful the last time Bettis pitched. He tossed 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out five and walking three in a 5-4 loss to the Padres.
Atlanta is a small -112 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Braves are 13-10 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -794. The Braves are a dangerous hitting team with 300 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. Don't expect the Atlanta hitters to swing wildly. They average an NL-low 6.9 strikeouts per game. Atlanta's pitching staff will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent struggles. The Braves have given up an average of 5.8 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 4.5 runs per game.
On the other side, the Rockies have a subpar record of 35-54 when they are the underdog and are -1,690 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 2-8 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 1-6 record. They sport the second-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. Colorado is one of the top hitting teams in the NL with an average of 9.2 hits per contest. Colorado's pitching staff has allowed an average of 8.2 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 5.4.
The Rockies are 4-1 against the Braves this season. The Braves will take on a right-hander (Bettis) in this game and have a 45-58 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rockies will be the right-hander Foltynewicz. They sport a 44-54 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Col, O/U - Under
Atlanta has won 38% (23-38) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Colorado has won 44% (24-31) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rockies managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Braves who are heading in with a 15-9 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 37-16. The Rockies have a 38-13 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th in runs, Atlanta has earned 460 this season. Colorado ranks fifth with 551 runs.
Ranking 27th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 293 this season. Atlanta ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 345.
When the Braves hit at least one home run, they are 32-27, well-matched with the Rockies who are 43-41 when hitting one or more homers.