Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/21/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (48-48) at Colorado Rockies (56-41)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 21, 2017 at 8:40 pm (Coors Field)
Trevor Williams (3-4) (4.69) vs. Jeff Hoffman (6-1) (4.33)
The Line: Colorado Rockies -150 / Pittsburgh Pirates +135 --- Over/Under: 11.5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates head to Coors Field to start a three game set with the Colorado Rockies on Friday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to keep the ball rolling after winning six of their last seven games following a 4-2 win over Milwaukee on Thursday, completing the sweep of the division-leading Brewers. Gregory Polanco went 1 for 4 with a solo homer while Chris Stewart went a perfect 3 for 3 at the dish with an RBI of his own. Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen each put a run on the board as well while Josh Bell and Adam Frazier contributed base hits in the winning effort for the Pirates. Jameson Taillon got the win to improve to 6-3 this season after giving up both runs on six hits while walking a pair and striking out eight over 5.1 innings of work. Trevor Williams will start the series opener and is 3-4 with a 4.69 ERA and 59 strikeouts this season. This will be Williams’ first career start against Colorado.
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The Colorado Rockies will look to keep the momentum going after winning four straight games, including an 18-4 rout of the Padres in the series finale on Thursday to complete the sweep. Nolan Arenado stole the show, going 5 for 6 with three home runs and seven RBIs. Trevor Story went 3 for 4 with a triple, a homer and three RBIs, while Ryan Hanigan went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs and Charlie Blackmon added a pair of runs of his own, going 3 for 3 with a homer. Pat Valaika, Ian Desmond and even starting pitcher Jon Gray put a run on the board, while Gerardo Parra went 4 for 5 at the dish and DJ LeMahieu added a base knock of his own in the win. Speaking of the aforementioned Gray, he got the win to improve to 3-1 this season after giving up all four runs on seven hits while walking a pair and striking out seven over six innings of work. Jeff Hoffman will start game one and is 6-1 with a 4.33 ERA and 53 strikeouts this season. This will be Hoffman’s first career start against Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh is 1-5 in Williams’ last 6 starts and 0-4 in their last 4 games against the NL West while the under is 22-5-1 in their last 28 games overall. Colorado is 7-3 in Hoffman’s last 10 starts and 4-0 in their last 4 games overall while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall. Pittsburgh is 11-3 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams.
The Rockies offense caught fire during their four game winning streak, scoring 49 runs over the span of those games. Pittsburgh’s winning streak is nice as well, as it was over the division leader, but the problem is they haven’t scored more than four runs in any of those games and haven’t scored more than five runs since the all-star break. That won’t fly in Colorado if the Rockies offense gets going and probably will against Trevor Williams who I’m still not sold on as of yet. Not to mention the Rockies have really played well behind Hoffman this season so I’ll lay the juice with the Rockies here.