Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies - 5/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Rockies (20-20) at Pittsburgh Pirates (22-18)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
E Butler (2-1) (4.74) vs. G Cole (4-3) (3.05)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -200 / Colorado Rockies +180 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh, ROOT-Rocky Mountain
The Colorado Rockies pay a visit to PNC Park Friday to begin a series with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Colorado Rockies are right in the mix in the National League West and the question is whether they can keep the pace going. After winning five in a row the Rockies have dropped back to back contests following a 13-7 loss at St. Louis on Thursday night. Colorado starter Jonathan Gray was charged with nine runs on eight hits and a trio of BB over 3.1 frames with Scott Oberg allowing three runs in the 8th. The Rockies totaled nine hits and walked twice with Trevor Story going 3-5 with a homer and three RBI’s while Daniel Descalso went 2-4 and drove in two while scoring twice. Colorado opens the series on the mound with Eddie Butler who has won back to back contests. Butler is coming off of a 7-4 victory versus the Mets with all four runs allowed on nine hits over five innings.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates look to be a solid club once again but with the Cubs refusing to lose the team has to play well to stay in the NL Central hunt. The Pirates picked up a game in the standings with Thursday’s 8-2 win versus visiting Colorado and have now won three of four. Buccos starter Jeff Locke was on top of his game with both runs scored on six hits and a pair of BB through seven innings to up his record to 2-3. Gerrit Cole has been named the starter for the Pirates against Colorado on Friday night. Cole is coming off of his best outing of the year when he defeated the Cubs 2-1 with a three hit shutout over eight frames.
Colorado are 9-2 in their last 11 Friday games. The over is 7-2 in Pittsburgh’s last 9 vs. National League West and the over is 10-3 in their last 13 Friday games while going 23-9-1 in their last 33 overall. Colorado are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Pittsburgh and are 3-13 in the last 16 meetings. I think I’d rather be on the Pirates side here…