The Atlanta Braves seem intent on proving to the Colorado Rockies just who is the top dog in the early going of this young MLB season.
Wednesday Hot-lanta shoots for a sweep of Colorado in Denver, one of several series finales to be played and wagered on. [ See baseball odds here at SBNation ]
After a post-postponement Monday the Braves swept two games from the Rockies Tuesday by scores of 4-3 and 10-2. Atlanta and Colorado both came into this series with records of 13-5, which were the best in baseball.
Now, the Braves are 15-5 and lead the NL East by five games, while the Rocks are 13-7 and own a half-game lead in the NL West. [ Which umpires can be counted on for over bets? Watch updated MLB umpire stats ]
With Tim Hudson slated to go against Tyler Chatwood Atlanta was an early -125 favorite for Wednesday's game at Coors Field.
Also Wednesday the Giants with a 3-0 Madison Bumgarner were favored by -150 for a rubber match against the Diamondbacks with Ian Kennedy at AT&T Park.
The 13-7 Red Sox with 3-0 Jon Lester were favored by -155 for a rubber match against the 13-8 A's with Brett Anderson at Fenway.
The Rays with Alex Cobb were chalked at -120 for a rubber match against the Yankees with a 3-0 Andy Pettitte down in St. Pete.
The Milwaukee Brewers, riding a nine-game winning streak, were favored by -120 as they go for the sweep over San Diego out at Petco.
And the 13-7 Rangers, with Yu Darvish, were favored by -155 for a rubber match against the Angels with rookie Michael Roth out at the Big A.
Looking ahead to Thursday the Reds and Nats begin a four-game series in DC; the Rockies and D'Backs start a four-game set in Phoenix; and the O's and A's begin a four-game series out in Oakland.