If you’ve looked at the card the last couple of days, you would have noticed that it’s interleague week in MLB. Interleague games aren’t nearly as rare as they were five or ten years ago, which is a good thing in my book. However, there will be others that say we need to uphold the traditions of baseball. I understand that to a degree, but it’s nice to see teams meet-up who generally never see each other, and get away from the usual divisional matchups.
We’re going to Houston, where the ever so quirky Bartolo Colon and the Braves will take on the Astros. The Braves are most certainly in a rebuilding stage, but Colon represents one of the veterans on this roster. Colon is perhaps most famous for his stature, and the hilariousness that ensues when he steps to the plate. Colon went deep last year, and it’s still being replayed to this day.
For those waiting for a Colon dinger in this game, they’re going to be disappointed. As per interleague rules, the home team gets to play by their rules, and in this case, there is a DH. In other words, sorry, Colon. The Braves were hoping Colon could provide a lift to their squad, who finished with a record of 68-93 in 2016. The Braves enter tonight with a record of 11-18, so it’s been baby steps for them thus far. Without a doubt, Colon is not part of the long-term plans in Atlanta, but he at least gives people something to talk about regarding the Braves.
Colon has been getting shelled on the mound in his first month and change as a Brave. He’s coming off a year where he posted an ERA of 3.43 with the Mets. Houston will counter with Charlie Morton on Tuesday. Get more details about our selection, and the free Braves vs. Astros pick below.
Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros Pick
Bartolo Colon (1-3, 6.27 ERA) vs. Charlie Morton (3-2, 3.97 ERA)
Colon has been shaky thus far, as he’s been attempting to get in a groove. His ERA currently stands at 6.27, including a 1.42 WHIP. Note that Colon has been getting beaten up most recently, as he holds an ERA of 8.44, with a 2.06 WHIP in his past three outings. In total, during that stretch, he allowed 15 runs and 28 hits in total. That’s an average of 9.3 hits per game. In four of his last five starts, Colon has surrendered at least 5 runs per start.
Carlie Morton gets the call for Atlanta, who’s been relatively well in 2017. Morton boasts an ERA of 3.97, but would have liked to pitch better in his last three showings, as he owned a 5.00 ERA. However, his WHIP was low, with a 1.22. Note that he’s been much better at home in Houston. His ERA is 7.20 on the road, compared to an impressive 2.62 ERA at home, along with a perfect 3-0 record to boot. Everything suggests that the Astros should be the pick on Tuesday. I don’t like laying juice like that, though, so we’ll go with the Astros on the -1.5.
PICK: ASTROS -1.5 (-105)