Rockies vs. Pirates - 4/25/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (10-9) at Colorado Rockies (9-9)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 25, 2016 at 8:40 pm (Coors Field)
J Locke (0-2) (7.24) vs. J De La Rosa (1-2) (9.86)
The Line: Colorado Rockies -111 / Pittsburgh Pirates +101 --- Over/Under: 11 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies begin a four-game series Monday at Coors Field.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Pirates offense has been really hot recently as Pittsburgh scored 12 runs on Sunday and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates are 10-3 this season when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 26 hits, Gregory Polanco has 11 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has two home runs. Jeff Locke gets the ball, and he’s 0-2 with a 7.24 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. Locke is 0-1 with a 4.88 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Rockies.
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The Colorado Rockies could use a nice victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Rockies are led by an offense that’s scored five or more runs in seven of their last 11 games, including 10 runs in Sunday’s loss to the Dodgers. The Colorado Rockies now just need to get their pitching staff in order, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in 13 of their 18 games. Offensively, Carlos Gonzalez leads Colorado with 25 hits, Nolan Arenado has 17 RBI and Trevor Story has eight home runs. Jorge De La Rosa takes the hill, and he’s 1-2 with a 9.87 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. De La Rosa is 5-3 with a 3.39 ERA and 59 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 1-5 in Lockes last 6 road starts. The Rockies are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 5-13 in their last 18 vs. National League Central. The Pirates are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Colorado and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings overall.
The Pirates have been scoring runs by the boatload already this season, I can only imagine what a hitters park such as Coors is going to do. Locke is also a decent pitcher who is due for a solid performance after a tough start to the season. I like the Pirates and the sweet price in this contest.