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Pirates vs. Rockies Pick – MLB Predictions & Odds 5/8/23

Colorado Rockies (14-21) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (20-15)
May 8, 2023 6:35 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -175 / Colorado Rockies +150; Over/Under: +8.5
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The Colorado Rockies and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet in MLB action from PNC Park on Monday. Let’s dive into the odds, starting pitching matchup, history and make a prediction for this game.


Pittsburgh is a -175 home favorite while Colorado is a +150 road underdog. The total for this game is set at 8.5 runs.

Starting Pitching Matchup

Kyle Freeland will start for the Rockies here and is 3-3 with a 3.76 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. Pittsburgh will send Mitch Keller to the mound here and Keller is 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season.

Matchup History

Pittsburgh’s 14-3 win back on April 19th, 2023, made it four straight wins for the Pirates in this head-to-head matchup over the Rockies.


Colorado is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 29-65 in their last 94 road games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 series-opening games. Pittsburgh is 4-1 in their last 5 home games against a team with a left-handed starter and 5-1 in their last 6 games against the NL West while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 Monday games.


I’m rolling with the Pirates here. I just like what Mitch Keller has done over the course of the season and I’m tired of trying to figure out which Kyle Freeland is going to show up on any given day. The Pirates have been slumping and I think getting Keller on the mound against a fairly inconsistent Rockies team is just what the doctor ordered for the Pirates to get back on track. Give me the Pirates here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Pittsburgh -175

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Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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