Colorado Rockies vs Atlanta Braves Prediction, 9/16/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Colorado Rockies vs Atlanta Braves
Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Location: Truist Park in Cumberland, GA
TV: Bally Sports South
Odds/Point Spread: Colorado (+125) Atlanta (-156)
Truist Park is the venue where Ian Anderson and the Atlanta Braves (76-67, 1st in NL East) will play the Colorado Rockies (67-78, 4th in NL West) on Thursday. The Rockies open this matchup at +125 while the Braves are priced at -156. The over/under is set at 8. The pitchers taking the mound are German Marquez and Ian Anderson.
The Rockies have accumulated 242 two-baggers as a squad and have smacked 167 balls out of the park. Colorado is slugging .416 and have struck out 1,199 times, while taking a walk on 438 occasions. As a team, the Colorado Rockies are putting up 4.6 runs per outing, which puts them at 11th in the league. They have 635 RBI's in addition to 1,192 base knocks this year, and their batting average is at .248. They have notched a total of 664 runs scored while having a team OBP of .315.
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The Rockies are sitting with a team ERA of 4.79 on the campaign (26th in the league), and their staff has struck out 1,151 batters. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.36 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.38. Rockies pitchers have conceded 180 long balls and also 712 total runs (22nd in the league). They have walked 487 opposing players and their FIP is 4.49 as a unit this year.
Rockies bullpen pitchers have entered the game with runners on base 115 times as well as having 141 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have notched 64 holds for the season (20th in MLB). The Rockies relief pitchers have earned a save rate of 52.7% and has come into the game in 119 save situations. They have recorded 29 saves over the course of the season and have not converted 26 of 55 chances to save the game. The relievers have inherited 183 base runners so far this year with 40.4% of those players crossed home plate. The Rockies have sent 471 relief pitchers to the mound this year.
The Colorado Rockies have notched a total of 3,757 putouts on the year, in addition to 1,360 assists and 66 errors. Their fielding rate is holding at .987 which has them ranked 4th in baseball, and they have twisted 983 double plays. The Rockies have turned 68.9% of balls hit into play into outs out of 11,271 innings, which has them sitting at 23rd in the majors.
Marquez (54-40 career win-loss record) is the owner of a FIP of 3.82 and he has faced 3,370 hitters during his time in the majors. He has surrendered 778 base knocks (8.7 hits per 9 innings) and has 228 free passes. His ERA is 4.18 (372 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.255. Marquez has taken the hill for 801 innings and has racked up 807 strikeouts in his pro baseball career.
The Braves hold a slugging % of .434 and they are recording 4.89 runs per contest (8th in baseball). They have 232 doubles, while taking a walk 501 times as well as recording 699 runs. Atlanta has accounted for 215 long balls so far this season to go along with 672 runs batted in. They have been called out on strikes on 1,275 occasions (12th in baseball) and have totaled 1,149 base hits. The Atlanta Braves have earned an OBP of .320 in addition to a batting average of .242 on the season.
The Braves have a team WHIP of 1.266 in addition to having a FIP of 4.12 as a team this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 2.75 (1,269 strikeouts against 462 walks). They are currently ranked 10th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 1,119. They have allowed 167 home runs and they relinquish 4.32 runs per 9 innings (12th in the league). The Atlanta pitching staff have yielded 600 runs this season while holding an ERA of 4.01 (556 earned runs relinquished).
Atlanta has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the game in 57 save opportunities and they have tallied 34 saves. They rank 18th in the league with a save rate of 59.6%, and they have sent 511 relievers to the hill for the year. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 200 times in high leverage situations and on 114 occasions with runners on base. Atlanta relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 34.5% of 168 inherited runners. With 162 save situations, the Braves have earned 104 holds and 23 blown saves.
The Atlanta Braves have turned 92 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .987 (3rd in baseball). The Braves have recorded 1,303 assists, 65 errors and have amassed 3,747 putouts on the season. Out of their 11,241 innings on the field, the Braves are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 70.2% (8th in the majors).
In his pro baseball career, Anderson has surrendered 116 hits while he has totaled 148 K's in 142 innings pitched. Anderson (10-7 career record) has a 3.23 ERA and has allowed 7.4 hits per nine innings. He has given up 51 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.246 and having a FIP of 3.6. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.43 and he has gone up against 603 batters in his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Atlanta (-156)
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