Colorado Rockies vs Atlanta Braves
MLB: 07.30 PM EST
August 16, 2018
The Atlanta Braves have won five straight games and continue to lead the NL East, heading into a weekend series with the visiting Colorado. The Rockies are in the thick of the division race in the west, sitting just 1.5 games behind the leading Arizona Diamondbacks. Both teams are battling injuries to some of their major offensive producers, as Atlanta rookie sensation Ronald Acuna and Colorado perennial MVP candidate Nolan Arenado are questionable to be in the starting lineup on Thursday.
STARTING PITCHERS: Colorado RHP Jon Gray (9-7, 4.81 ERA) vs. Atlanta RHP Julio Teheran (8-7, 4.33 ERA)
The Rockies have enjoyed seeing the right-hander Gray take the hill as of late, emerging victorious in his last seven consecutive starts. His numbers look inflated because of a rocky start to the 2018 season, but since being recalled from AAA Albuquerque in mid-July, Gray has pitched to a 3-0 record with a very respectable 2.91 ERA. Julio Teheran will go for the Bravos, and he’s found considerable success in his tenure pitching against Colorado. His career line against the Rockies is 5-1 with a 2.31 ERA, and he’ll look to continue his good form in an important game on Thursday.
The Braves will have the decided travel advantage, having just finished a series in their home ballpark against Miami earlier this week. Colorado, meanwhile, didn’t arrive in Georgia until late last night, following a nightcap series finale on Wednesday night in Houston. This is a tough matchup to cap given the uncertainty of the personnel that will appear in either starting lineup, but anchored by the always-solid Teheran in their home ballpark, I feel more comfortable backing Atlanta to steal the opener in front of their home fans.
Our Free MLB Pick: Atlanta Braves ML