Pittsburgh Pirates at Colorado Rockies Free Pick

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The Colorado Rockies are playing host to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Coors Field. The game will begin at 8:40 p.m. ET and this NL matchup will be shown on ATRM and ATPT.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies Odds

The Rockies are 59-52 straight up (SU) and 58-53 against the spread (ATS). The team has gained 7.1 units for moneyline bettors and 4.8 units (ATS). The Pirates are 57-55 SU and have gone 53-59 ATS. In total, the teams gained 1.0 unit for moneyline bettors, but have lost 8.0 units ATS.

Colorado games have had an over/under record of 50-55-6 in 2018. The Pirates have an over/under record of 54-50-8.

Jameson Taillon will get the nod for Pittsburgh. The right-handed Taillon (8-8, 3.74 ERA) has racked up 116 punchouts in 125 innings so far. He has yet to face the Rockies this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 0.00 ERA and five strikeouts across five innings).

The Rockies are putting the ball in the right hand of Antonio Senzatela (4-3, 4.56 ERA, 1.33 WHIP), who has 37 strikeouts and 17 walks this season. Senzatela is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA against Pittsburgh this year.

Colorado’s pitching staff has given up 4.8 runs per game overall this year as a unit. The clubs starters have a 4.29 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 5.20 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 8.9 K/9.

Colorado’s hitters have produced 4.7 runs per outing, including 3.7 per game over its last 10 games and 3.4 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .199/.290/.339 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

The Rockies hitters have been led by Nolan Arenado, who is slashing .306/.390/.590 with 29 home runs, 81 RBIs and 74 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Pittsburgh’s pitchers have allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.24 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 7.38 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.22, along with a K-per-9 of 9.68.

The Pirates offense has slashed .255/.323/.415 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.5 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.8 per game over the teams last five outings (2-3 SU).

Corey Dickerson has sparked Pittsburgh’s offense and is hitting .314/.349/.511 with 11 home runs, 44 RBIs and 50 runs scored.

The Pirates just lost a 2-1 game to the Cardinals, while the Rockies are coming off of a 5-4 win against the Brewers.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has cashed in four of Pittsburgh’s last seven games.
  • The Pirates have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.
  • Pittsburgh has recorded 18.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 19.8 over its last five.
  • The Pirates have lost three of their last four games SU.