MLB Colorado Rockies At Atlanta Braves [September 1] - MLB Picks and Predictions

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The reigning World Series champions will look to win two in a row and clinch a series win when the Atlanta Braves host the ever-struggling Colorado Rockies.

The Braves will continue their homestand with another three-game series vs. the Miami Marlins, so this could be a key stretch for them as they look to close out the gap with the New York Mets. So, who'll take this one? Let's break it down!

Rockies Will Be The Rockies

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New year, same old Colorado Rockies. This team has been mismanaged for quite some time, and it doesn't seem like their misery is going to end any time soon.

Losing Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado for nothing didn't do much to help their case, and Kris Bryant hasn't exactly been great in his first season in the mountains. This team struggles mightily outside of Coors Field, and they can only settle with playing spoiler for actual playoff contenders every now and then.

Will The Braves Go Back-To-Back?

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The Atlanta Braves have one of the best rotations in the league and are a much better team now than they were last season. However, they need to find more offensive consistency if they want to go back-to-back.

Manager Brian Snitker expressed his frustration with the team's streaky hitting. It's either a strikeout or a home run, and that's not a formula that's going to get the job done in the postseason.

Key Injuries, Stats, and Trends

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Both teams enter this matchup with several casualties. Ronald Acuña Jr. is probable for this game, but Orlando Arcia, Ozzie Albies, Adam Duvall, and Darren O'Day will be on the shelf. For the Colorado Rockies, Kris Bryant will continue sidelined alongside Yonathan Daza and Antonio Senzatela.

When it comes to trends, it's worth noting that the Braves are 13-3 in their last 16 after allowing two runs or less in their previous game, 42-10 in their last 52 vs. a team with a losing record, and 4-1 in their last five vs. National League West.

Picks For Rockies At Braves

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The Braves should have no trouble winning this one by a margin. 23-year-old rookie Spencer Strider (8-4, 2.87 ERA) will look to continue his impressive campaign, while the Rockies will counter with the struggling Chad Kuhl (6-7, 5.17).

Kuhl has a 7.17 ERA over his past 11 games and should be just what the Braves need to get it going offensively, as the Rockies were even considering demoting him to the bullpen.