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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies - 8/28/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Rockies (51-74) at Pittsburgh Pirates (77-49)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 28, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

J Gray (0-0) (5.94) vs. F Liriano (9-6) (3.23)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -240 / Colorado Rockies +220 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Rocky Mountain, ROOT-Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Colorado Rockies face off on Friday at PNC Park in game one of their MLB series.

The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to play stellar baseball as they try to catch the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central. The Pirates are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 44-20 at home, and they are 4.5 games back in the NL central. As a team the Pirates are hitting .261 with Andrew McCutchen hitting .300, Jung Ho Kang hitting .289, and Starling Marte hitting .288. The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 3.15 with the starters at 3.46 and the bullpen at 2.55. For game one against the Rockies the Pirates start Francisco Liriano who has allowed 118 hits and 53 earned runs while striking out 159 over 147.2 innings for a 9-6 record and a 3.23 ERA.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies - 8/28/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Colorado Rockies are having a rough year and they have the third worst overall record in baseball. The Rockies are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 24-38 on the road, and they are 18.5 games back in the NL West. As a team the Rockies are hitting .268 with D.J. LeMahieu hitting .311, Charlie Blackmon hitting .290, and Nolan Arenado hitting .278. The Rockies pitching staff has an ERA of 5.15 with the starters at 5.31 and the bullpen at 4.91. For game one against the Pirates the Rockies start Jonathan Gray who has allowed 18 hits and 11 earned runs while striking out 14 over 16.2 innings for a 0-0 record and a 5.94 ERA.

Pittsburgh is 4-1 in their last five Friday games, 39-16 against the National League West, and 13-3 in Liriano’s last 16 starts as a favorite. Colorado is 4-12 in their last 16 games, 23-53 in game one of a series, and 0-4 in Gray’s last four starts. Colorado has lost their last five games in Pittsburgh.

The Pirates are jus the much better team and although the price is big Pittsburgh is still the play. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates -240

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