Colorado Rockies at Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/19/14
Colorado Rockies (40-56) at Pittsburgh Pirates (50-46)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Brett Anderson (L) (0-3) (4.950) vs. Charlie Morton (R) (5-9) (3.319)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -150 / Colorado Rockies +140 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
Teams heading in opposite directions clash at PNC Park on Saturday night as the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Colorado Rockies.
The misery away from Coors Field continued for the Rockies on Friday night as they failed to cash in big on early opportunities opening the door for a late Pirates comeback. Starter Jorge De La Rosa pitched effectively but Rex Brothers beaned Starling Marte in the head to tie the game in the seventh and Matt Belisle took the loss allowing two runs in the eighth. The Rockies bullpen ranks 2nd to last in the league with a 4.70 ERA and with the bats failing to generate a decent cushion the relievers were the team’s undoing in the series opener. The Rockies are a paltry 16-31 away from home on the year as their league leading batting average of .281 is the product of the widest home/road split in the majors. Colorado figures to need a break from that pattern to pick up a win on Saturday as they send Brett Anderson to the mound in search of his first win as a starter this season. Anderson has been ineffective in four starts with a WHIP of 1.70 and ERA of 4.95.
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The Pirates didn’t make things look pretty on Friday night amassing three errors and struggling to cook up offense early but in the end the jolly roger was raised as the home team improved to 30-20 at PNC Park on the year. Pittsburgh is batting .257 as a team on the year while ranking 13th in runs scored, two areas where they’ll look to improve with a weak Colorado pitching staff in town for the weekend. For Saturday night’s game the Pirates will start righty Charlie Morton whose 5-9 record accurately reflects the ups and downs he’s faced thus far. Morton has a WHIP of 1.19 and ERA of 3.32 but has also allowed 11 unearned runs, which could be a product of the sinkerballer asking a lot of his defense on balls put in play.
The total is set at 7.5 here largely due to the fact that the Rockies offense hasn’t produced on the road at even a fraction of the level as they do in Denver but I expect this to be a spot where both teams hit comfortably and sail over the total. This one looks easy.