Pittsburgh Pirates (70-45) at Colorado Rockies (53-64)
|Date & Time||Saturday August 10, 2013, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Colorado Rockies +124 / Pittsburgh Pirates -134 --- Over/Under: 8.5
ROOT-Pittsburgh, Rocky Mountain
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies take the field in game two of their series.
In this game, any team can win against any one at any time and we saw that when Pittsburgh was absolutely hammered in a 10-1 defeat at Coors Field on Friday. The Pirates had won eight of ten before hand but like I said, that doesn't matter some times with every team taking one on the chin on occasion. Starter Francisco Liriano suffered through his poorest effort in recent memory with all ten runs given up on 12 hits and two BB over just 2.1 innings pitched. Thhe offense produced ten hits and walked four times but plated their lone run on a sarifice fly. AJ Burnett takes the mound to face the Rockies on Saturday hoping to continue his strong pitching. Burnett is coming in off of one of his best performances of 2013 in a complete game 5-1 victory over these same Rockies.
If Colorado is to get themselves back in the National League West race, now is the time to get going with the Dodgers threatening to run away with the division. The Rockies victory on Friday was just their second in eleven contests and they have no time to waste even though there is plenty of season left. The big news was a struggling offense finally broke free and the pitching was easily as impressive. Jorge De La Rosa gave up the lone run on eight hits and a pair of bases on balls through five innings of work. The bats pounded Pittsburgh pitching for 16 hits and walked five times with Wilin Rosario going deep and driving in four, while Michael Cuddyer knocked in another three. Colorado sends Juan Niscasio to the bump to face Pittsburgh for the second straight time. Nicasio has struggled the past two times out with a combined 12 runs allowed on 16 hits and six BB in 8.1 frames.
If there is momentum in this game, Colorado should have it, but in my view Pittsburgh has the make up to rebound from Friday's dismal performance. I like the Buccos to bounce back here...