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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies - 4/16/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Rockies (9-8) at Pittsburgh Pirates (11-4)

MLB Baseball: Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

German Marquez (0-1) (4.97) vs. Steven Brault (2-0) (3.46)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -120 / Colorado Rockies +110 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: ATRM, ATPT

The Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Monday in MLB action at PNC Park.

The Colorado Rockies look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 10 games. The Rockies have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 14 games. The Colorado Rockies have won six of their last eight games when scoring at least three runs. DJ LeMahieu leads the Rockies with 21 hits and nine RBI while Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez have combined for 29 hits and 16 RBI. German Marquez gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 4.97 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. Marquez is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies - 4/16/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates look for another victory to build on their impressive 11-4 record. The Pirates have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won six of their last eight games when scoring more than two runs. Corey Dickerson leads the Pirates with 19 hits and 12 RBI while Starling Marte and Josh Bell have combined for 36 hits and 16 RBI. Steven Brault gets the ball, and he is 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. This will be Brault’s second career game against the Rockies.

The Rockies are 5-1 in their last 6 road games, 1-5 in their last 6 vs. National League Central and 5-2 in Marquezs last 7 starts with 4 days of rest. The Pirates are 8-2 in their last 10 home games, 13-4 in their last 17 overall and 6-1 in Braults last 7 starts. The Rockies are 3-11 in the last 14 meetings in Pittsburgh, 6-15 in the last 21 meetings and the under is 12-2-3 in the last 17 meetings in Pittsburgh.

Marquez has been solid in two of his three starts this season and didn't allow an earned run in five innings on the road. The Pirates have won six of the last seven times Brault has pitched, and he had his best start of the season when he pitched at PNC Park. The Rockies are the better team in terms of talent, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are playing better baseball right now and are a club you shouldn't be trying to step in front of often. The Pirates simply continue to find ways to win, and that's all that matters in this line of work. The Rockies are inconsistent and have struggled against left handed pitchers. I'll take the Pirates and the cheap price at home.

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