Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies - 5/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Rockies (20-21) at Pittsburgh Pirates (23-18)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 4:05 pm (PNC Park)
T Chatwood (5-3) (3.20) vs. J Niese (4-2) (5.28)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -134 / Colorado Rockies +124 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: RTRM, RTPT
At PNC Park on Saturday afternoon, the MLB is bringing us the latest installment in the weekend series between the Colorado Rockies and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
This will be game two of a three-game set. In Friday’s opener, the Pirates edged out the Rockies 2-1, despite getting out-hit 8-12 in the game.
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The Rockies will be going with right-hander Tyler Chatwood in Saturday’s game. Over his eight starts and 5-3 record this season, Chatwood has logged a 3.20 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP over 50.2 innings. In his last start Sunday, Chatwood put up three runs on six hits in seven innings against the Mets.
The Colorado batting order is a pretty deep bunch. Nolan Arenado leads the way on 14 homers and 34 RBI, thanks to a solo homer Friday. Gerardo Parra is right there alongside with 47 hits, 22 runs and 20 RBI. Trevor Story has had a breakout year so far on 47 hits, 12 homers and 31 RBI. Parra and Story combined to go 0-for-8 in Friday’s game, however.
Over on the Pirates’ side, we’ll be seeing left-hander Jon Niese in the starting role. In eight starts and a 4-2 record in 2016, Niese has posted a 5.28 ERA with a 1.54 WHIP in 46 innings. On Monday against the Braves, Niese lasted six innings with two runs and six strikeouts for a win.
The Pittsburgh batting order is as potent as just about any in the league. Starling Marte has put up 50 hits with 22 runs and 16 RBI. Josh Harrison has managed 45 hits with 16 runs and 21 RBI. Andrew McCutchen has a team-high eight homers with 27 runs and 19 RBI. McCutchen went 1-for-4 in Friday’s game.
The Rockies are 5-0 in Chatwood’s last five road starts, but 1-4 in Chatwood’s last five starts during game two of a series.
As for the Pirates, they’re 6-2 in Niese’s last eight starts and 2-5 in their last seven Saturday games.
Both Chatwood and Niese are pitching pretty well right now, but we could see a surplus of runs here. I’ll give the edge to Pittsburgh for the win in this one.