Rockies Offense Comes Alive to Down Braves

Willie Bee

Saturday, April 7, 2018 4:31 PM UTC

Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018 4:31 PM UTC

The Atlanta Braves are off to a fast start, but they’re underdogs on the MLB odds tonight in Game 2 of their weekend set at the Colorado Rockies.

Atlanta Braves (5-2 SU, 4-0-3 O/U) vs Colorado Rockies (4-4 SU, 5-2-1 O/U)

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Free MLB Pick: Rockies -140
Best Line Offered: at SportsBetting

While it might be a bit on the crazy side to suggest Atlanta’s fast start will propel the Braves into the playoffs, it’s no stretch to say they’re playing better than advertised in the preseason as they continue their first road trip of 2018 at the Colorado Rockies. Some websites and sports books were slow to pick up on Atlanta’s pitching plans as manager Brian Snitker sends Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 0.00) to the bump for his first start of the season. Colorado counters with Chad Bettis (1-0, 3.60), and the Rockies are running in the -145 to -150 range on the money line with 11½ for the total.

Sanchez Takes Mound In Denver For 1st Time Since 2011

Never realizing much of the potential he exploded on the scene with in Miami 12 years ago, Sanchez’s final three seasons in Detroit were marred by injuries and ugly outings. His ERA ballooned above 6.00 in 2017 when he split time in the rotation and bullpen, and he recorded a 5.00 ERA in two official spring starts. Sanchez did string together three scoreless innings of relief Monday against the Nationals plus shut the Rockies out over seven frames a few years back at Comerica, and won his only career start at Coors Field in 2011 (8 IP, 3 ER).

Bettis made his season debut in San Diego on Monday, and while he didn’t have his best stuff, it was good enough to notch a win as a slight underdog on the MLB odds. The former Texas Tech standout worked around four walks, a couple of wild pitches and five hits in his five innings, but only allowed two runs in the 7-4 final. He pitched very well at Coors Field a year ago, recording a 3.60 ERA in five starts (31.1 IP), and has a strong track record in his recent matchups vs. the Braves with a 3-1 record in six assignments to go with a 3.22 ERA.

Series Trends, Umpire Notes & A Free Pick

Atlanta’s 8-3 win interrupted Colorado’s recent dominance in the rivalry after the Rockies had won 8-of-11 in rivalry entering play Friday. The ‘over’ 9½ winner also went against the recent norm in Denver where totals were 4-8 O/U the previous dozen. Acting as crew chief in Mike Everitt’s absence, Bill Welke has the plate for the 8:10 PM (ET) first pitch. He began his 20th season at the big league level with an ‘under’ in the Astros’ home opener on Monday, but has been a friend to ‘over’ bettors the past three seasons (55-30-4 O/U/P).

Snow delayed the start of the series opener, and it’s not going to be very pretty in Denver today with temps in the low-to-mid 50s at game time and a 40%-50% chance of more rain this evening. I fully expect the Rockies to tee off on Sanchez, making them an easy play for my free baseball pick.

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— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) April 6, 2018
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