Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/25/14
Pittsburgh Pirates (53-47) at Colorado Rockies (40-60)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 25, 2014 at 8:40 pm (Coors Field)
Charlie Morton (R) (5-9) (3.277) vs. Brett Anderson (L) (0-3) (4.000)
The Line: Colorado Rockies / Pittsburgh Pirates --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-PIT, ROOT-RM
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies meet at Coors Field on Friday night.
The Pirates are seven games above .500 and a solid 5-1 since the All Star break. All of a sudden, the Pirates are looking like a balanced team that’s scoring runs and pitching well. In the Pirates last four games, they’ve scored 25 runs and are 15-2 in their last 17 games when scoring more than three runs. Andrew McCutchen has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Neil Walker has nine RBI in his last 10 games. The Pirates have the 11th best ERA at 3.71. Charlie Morton takes the hill, and he’s 5-9 with a 3.28 ERA and has 103 strikeouts in 126.1 innings. Morton is 2-0 with a 3.16 ERA in five career starts against the Rockies.
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The Rockies are 19 games below a .500 record and just snapped a seven-game losing streak with a win on Wednesday. The issue continues to be pitching for the Rockies, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in 11 of their last 15 games. Overall, the Rockies have the worst ERA in baseball at 5.06. It’s brutal, folks. Offensively, Charlie Blackmon is riding a nine-game hitting streak and Nolan Arenado has scored six runs in his last nine games. Starting is Brett Anderson, who is 0-3 with a 4.00 ERA and has 17 strikeouts in 27 innings. This is Anderson’s second career game against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 4-0 in Mortons last 4 starts vs. National League West and 3-7 in Mortons last 10 road starts. The Rockies are 1-4 in Andersons last 5 starts and 16-36 in their last 52 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Pirates are 7-15 in the last 22 meetings in Colorado.
I just find it diffiuclt to back the Rockies with the way their pitching has been all season. Anderson hasn't shown much in his limited action. I'll take Pitt for the cheap price.