Colorado On Two-Game Losing Streak
The Atlanta Braves go for a third straight victory when they take on the host Colorado Rockies in the third of a four-game series on Saturday night. Atlanta has taken the first two games of the series, including a 3-1 victory in 10 innings on Friday night, and is in second place in the NL East, 8½ games behind the first-place New York Mets. Colorado has dropped three of four at home and is in last place in the NL West standings. This game should be another close one, so to help you decide how you want to bet online on it, check out our in-depth preview of the contest.
Braves Finally Join Three-Game Win Streak Club
With Friday night’s victory, the Atlanta Braves became the last team in the majors to put together a three-game winning streak this season. They did it thanks in part to the pitching of Max Fried, who threw eight shutout innings.
“Being able to pitch here is a challenge,” Fried said after Friday’s win. “I just wanted to be myself, pitch my game, move the ball around and change speeds.”
Right-hander Spencer Strider will try to follow up that performance when he makes his second start and 13th appearance. Strider is 1-2 with a 3.45 ERA, striking out 44 in 28⅔ innings. He took the loss in his last outing, a start against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, giving up five runs (three earned) on four hits over 4⅓ innings while striking out seven and walking two.
First baseman Matt Olson had the key hit in Friday’s win, driving in two in the top of the 10th with a single to give the Braves what proved to be the winning runs. Olson is batting .256 in his first season with Atlanta, with 23 doubles, six home runs, 25 RBIs and 21 runs scored.
Third baseman Austin Riley was 0-for-3 with two walks in Friday’s win but still leads the Braves with 13 home runs and 29 RBIs this season. Riley has 13 doubles and 27 runs scored in 52 games.
Rockies Continue To Come Up Short at Home
The Colorado Rockies are 16-14 at home after dropping three of the last four at Coors Field, with two of those contests going to extra innings. Colorado has been inconsistent offensively, scoring a single run in two of the last four contests but putting up 13 in a win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday.
First baseman C.J. Cron has been the big bat in the Colorado lineup this season, though he’s gone just 3-for-16 over the last four games. Cron leads the Rockies with a .298 batting average, 14 home runs, and 40 RBIs (seventh in baseball) while also hitting 10 doubles and a triple and scoring 32 times.
Outfielder Yonathan Daza had the lone RBI in Friday’s game for Colorado, driving in Cron in the bottom of the 10th inning. In 40 games this season, Daza is batting .352 with four doubles, a triple, 14 RBIs, and 16 runs scored.
Colorado will have left-hander Kyle Freeland on the mound for his 11th start. Freeland is 1-5 with a 4.96 ERA, striking out 42 over 52⅔ innings of work. He’s coming off a rough outing against the Washington Nationals on Sunday, allowing five runs on seven hits over 5⅔ innings while striking out two and walking four.
Braves vs Rockies Head-to-Head
With two wins in the first two games of this series, the Atlanta Braves have already matched their season total of victories against the Colorado Rockies in 2021. Colorado took four of the six matchups last season, though Atlanta split the four-game series played at Coors Field.
The Braves have a history of success when playing in Colorado, winning at least two times in each of their last five trips to the Mile High City. Looking at the MLB lines, the Braves are getting the edge to continue that success on Saturday night.
Braves vs Rockies Game Information
- Game: Braves (26-27) vs Rockies (23-29)
- Location: Coors Field
- Day/Time: Saturday, 9:10 p.m. ET
- Braves vs Rockies Live Stream: MLB TV
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Braves vs Rockies Betting Lines
Atlanta Braves -1½ -120 -175 11½ -105o 6½ -110o 6½ -120u
S. Strider -R
Colorado Rockies +1½ Ev +155 11½ -115u 5½ +115o 5½ -145u
K. Freeland -L
Atlanta Braves at Colorado Rockies Prediction
The Atlanta Braves have a lot of offensive punch, and that should help them in this one if Strider struggles as he did in his last start. The Colorado Rockies just haven’t shown a lot of consistency at the plate at home, and that will cost them again in this game.
When doing your MLB betting, take Atlanta to get another road win.