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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies Free Pick- 8/3/2013

Colorado Rockies (52-59) at Pittsburgh Pirates (65-44)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -182 / Colorado Rockies +172 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Rocky Mountain, Pittsburgh

The Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series at PNC Park Saturday.

Colorado has been barely clinging to fading postseason aspirations in the National League West. The Rockies are hoping that Friday's 4-2 victory at Pittsburgh is the beginning of a prolonged winning streak and that's something desperately needed, with the Dodgers still hot. The Rockies snapped a four game slide behind the pitching of Jhoulys Chacin, who gave up a single run on six hits in eight innings. The offense posted nine hits and walked three times, with Troy Tulowitzki going deep and driving in two runs, while Todd Helton knocked in two more. Colorado turns to left hander Jorge De La Hoya to pitch the Rockies past the Pirates. De La Hoya picked up a no decision in a 9-8 loss to Atlanta, with eight runs allowed (five earned) on ten hits over five frames.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies Free Pick- 8/3/2013

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After winning four in a row, Pittsburgh has dropped back to back games and need to get back in the win column. Losing a few games is no big deal in the grand scheme of things, as long as it doesn't turn in to a full blown slump. The worry for Pirates fans is that this team has struggled over the second half of the past few years, which has to be on their minds. The Buccos struggled at the plate and and starter Gerrit Cole made a few bad pitches and it was game over. Cole allowed three runs on three hits and a pair of bases on balls through 5.1 frames. The Pirates offense mustered eight hits, with Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alverez driving in runs. Lefty Francisco Liriano takes the mound Saturday against the Rockies. Liriano is enjoying a career type year, going 8-2 in his last ten appearances with eight quality starts in this stretch.

Both pitchers are having solid seasons, which made me look twice at the huge chalk on Liriano. My feeling is there is no way I can pay the price on Pittsburgh even though I don't have a great feel on this one, I would rather make a small play on the visitors or under or look else where...


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