Julio Teheran (8-6, 4.32 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves (53-71) meet Jorge De La Rosa (7-5, 4.50 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (49-73) in the first of a three-game series at Turner Field. The Braves go into this series looking to snap a seven-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 24 and will air on RTRM and SPSO.
In his most recent outing, Teheran pitched 6.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out seven and walking one in a 3-2 loss to the Padres. The Rockies were unsuccessful to the Nationals 4-1 the last time De La Rosa pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out six and walking six. Carlos Gonzalez (.273, 68 Rs, 30 HRs, 71 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Atlanta, a -120 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Colorado. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Braves have a 13-10 record and overall money line at -794. The Braves are a dangerous hitting team with 295 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, leading the NL with an average of only 6.8 strikeouts per game. Atlanta's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 5.8 during that span, compared to its 4.5 season average.
Moving on to the away team, the Rockies come into this game with a weak win percentage of .398 when playing as the underdog (35-53) and an overall money line of -1,590. They have played poorly as the underdog as of late. They managed a 1-6 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 2-8. The Rockies rank second in the NL in scoring, 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. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Colorado pitchers. They allowed 8.0 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 5.4.
The previous four games have all gone Colorado's way. The Braves will take on a left-hander (De La Rosa) in this game and have an 8-13 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rockies will be the right-hander Teheran. They sport a 44-53 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Col, O/U - Under
When leading after 7 innings, Colorado is 24-31, while Atlanta is 23-38.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Rockies are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Braves have a 19-2 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 36-16. The Rockies have a 38-13 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 455 this season. Colorado ranks in the top five at fifth with 548.
Ranking 27th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 292 this season. Atlanta ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 340.
The Braves are 31-27 when they hit at least one home run. The Rockies perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 43-40 record.