Colorado Rockies at Pittsburgh Pirates Free Preview

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The Colorado Rockies will be squaring off against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The game will start at 7:05 p.m. ET and this NL matchup will be televised on either ATRM or ATPT.

Colorado Rockies at Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

Pittsburgh (-140) is favored over Colorado (+130) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this one at 8 runs (-115 for the over and -105 for the under). The game’s runline odds stand at -170 for taking the Rockies +1.5 runs and +150 for the Pirates -1.5.

The Pirates are 11-5 SU and 9-7 ATS. The team has gained 6.2 units for moneyline bettors and 2.8 units against the spread (ATS). Pittsburgh has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven. The Rockies have gone 10-8 SU this year and are 10-8 ATS. In total, the team’s gained 2.5 units for moneyline gamblers in the season’s early going and 3.0 units ATS. Coloradohas covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.

Pittsburgh games have an over/under record of 10-5-1 so far in 2018. The Rockies have an over/under record of 8-8-2.

Right-hander Chad Bettis is projected to start for Colorado. Bettis is 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA and 12 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Pirates this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Pirates are going with righty Trevor Williams (3-0, 1.56 ERA), who has 10 punchouts and seven walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 1.21. Williams only made one start against the Rockies in 2017 (1-0, 6.75 ERA and four strikeouts across 6.2 innings).

Pittsburgh’s pitching staff has allowed 4.6 runs per game overall this season as a unit. The club’s starters have an ERA of 3.66, a WHIP of 1.22 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.8. The bullpen has a 5.98 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 7.2 K/9.

The Pittsburgh offense is putting up 5.6 runs per contest, including 5.4 per game over its last 10 games and 3.6 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .222/.300/.401 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Outfielders Starling Marte and Corey Dickerson have led the Pirates’ offense this year. Marte is hitting .306/.394/.581 with 19 hits, seven RBIs, 15 runs and five stolen bases, and Dickerson’s line is .351/.377/.561 with 20 hits, 12 RBIs and 10 runs.

Marte seemed to enjoy hitting righty pitching at home last year, slashing .374/.447/.565 over 132 such plate appearances (compared to his total season line of .275/.333/.379).

In the other dugout, Colorado’s pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starters own a 4.45 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 8.42 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.68, along with a K/9 of 8.73.

The Rockies offense has slashed .218/.287/.393 on its way to 4.0 runs scored per game this season, including 3.8 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).

Outfielder Charlie Blackmon and second baseman DJ LeMahieu have led Colorado’s hitters. Blackmon is slashing .314/.397/.784 with seven home runs, 13 RBIs and 13 runs scored, while LeMahieu (.296/.375/.577) has produced five homers, nine RBIs and 12 runs scored.

Compared to his total season slash line of .331/.399/.601, Blackmon didn’t seem to enjoy hitting against righty pitching on the road last season, maintaining a slash line of .284/.346/.476 across 254 such plate appearances.

The Rockies have gained 4.4 units and are 5-4 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in five of those games, compared to four that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Pirates have netted 7.6 units and are 8-5 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in seven of those games, compared to five which went under the total.

Colorado Rockies at Pittsburgh Pirates Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Pirates, ATS Winner – Rockies, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The Rockies have won five of their last six games SU.
  • Colorado has recorded 17.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 15.8 over its last five.
  • The Rockies have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.