Free MLB Picks Today: Atlanta Braves vs Colorado Rockies 6/18/23

Free MLB Picks Today: Atlanta Braves vs Colorado Rockies 6/18/23
Sun 18th June 2023

The Atlanta Braves (45-26) host the Colorado Rockies (29-44) at Truist Park on Sunday with the home team eyeing a sweep of the four-game series.

The Braves lead the series 3-0 after winning 10-2 on Saturday, their fifth straight head-to-head victory. Bryce Elder went six innings for the win, giving up one run on four hits.

Orlando Arcia went 3 for 4 with a home run and a double in the win. He scored two runs and drove in two. Eddie Rosario added a home run and two RBIs. Mike Moustakas was 2 for 4 with a solo home run for the Rockies. Harold Castro added a double and one RBI.


Chase Anderson (0-0, 2.72 ERA) is set to get the start for Colorado. The right-hander allowed three runs over 4.1 innings in his last start, a 7-6 road win over the Red Sox on Tuesday.

He gave up five hits while striking out six and walking one in the no-decision. Right-hander Charlie Morton (5-6, 3.60 ERA) gets the start for Atlanta.

It’s his first appearance of the season against the Rockies. Morton made one start against the Rockies in 2022, throwing five innings in an 8-7 road win on June 5. He gave up six hits and walked three while striking out eight in the win.

In his last start on Monday, Morton took a no-decision on the road against the Tigers. He threw 5.2 scoreless innings and gave up four hits, striking out eight and walking three in the 6-5 defeat.


Over the last five games, Colorado has averaged only 3.2 runs a game, down from their season average of 4.4, while performing worse across the board (.231/.290/.355). Against right-handed pitchers like Morton this season, the Rockies have a .741 OPS, the highest in the league.

Elias Diaz has the team’s best on-base percentage against right-handers at .378 over 175 at-bats. Atlanta is averaging 8.4 runs per game in the last five, up from 5.4 for the season, with a better slash line (.317/.395/.591).

The Braves have a .772 OPS against right-handers in 2023, the highest in the league. With a .951 OPS over 217 at-bats, Ronald Acuna Jr. has been their best hitter against right-handers.


Colorado is on a four-game losing streak away from Coors Field, bringing their record to 13-25 in 2023. The Rockies have scored 3.6 runs per game away from home while allowing 4.9 runs.

Atlanta has gone 23-15 in front of their home fans this season, averaging 5.3 runs per game while surrendering 4.6. Atlanta is 6-4 in the last 10 games between the teams at Truist Park with an average scoreline of 5.3-3.5.


The Rockies are fifth in the NL West, 14 games behind the division-leading Diamondbacks. The Braves lead the NL East by five games over the Marlins.

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Atlanta Braves -2.5 (+100)

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