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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies - 5/21/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Colorado Rockies at Pittsburgh Pirates
Date & Time Tuesday May 21, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Location
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, PA
The Line
Pittsburgh Pirates -102 / Colorado Rockies -116 -- O/U: 8
TV Channel
ATRM, ATPT
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The Colorado Rockies and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet in game one of a three game set from PNC Park in MLB action on Tuesday night.

The Colorado Rockies will be out to snap a four game losing streak after being swept by Philadelphia, including a 7-5 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Trevor Story and Ryan McMahon each had a home run and two RBIs with McMahon going 2 for 4 with a pair of solo homers. Charlie Blackmon went 2 for 5 with a solo home run of his own to round out Colorado’s scoring in the loss, while David Dahl and Chris Iannetta each had base hits as well in the defeat for the Rockies. Kyle Freeland allowed three runs on four hits over just 1.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Bryan Shaw ended up with the loss in relief to fall to 2-1 on the year. German Marquez will start game one and is 4-2 with a 3.80 ERA and 65 strikeouts this season. In his career, Marquez is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 27 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to build some steam after winning their series against San Diego, taking the series finale on Sunday by a final score of 6-4. Colin Moran went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs while Josh Bell and Melky Cabrera each had base hits as well in the win. Adam Frazier and Bryan Reynolds each had two hits with a double while Elias Diaz went 3 for 4 to cap off Pittsburgh’s offense at the dish in the win. Joe Musgrove got the win to improve to 3-4 on the year after allowing all four runs, three earned, on four hits while striking out four over 6.1 innings of work. Felipe Vazquez closed out the 9th for his 13th save of the season. Chris Archer will start game one and is 1-3 with a 5.58 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. In his career, Archer is 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA and 14 strikeouts against Colorado.

Colorado is 0-4 in their last 4 games overall and 1-4 in Marquez’s last 5 starts against the NL Central while the over is 16-5 in their last 21 games overall. Pittsburgh is 0-4 in Archer’s last 4 starts and 3-7 in their last 10 home games while the over is 10-1 in their last 11 games following a win. Colorado is 5-12 in the last 17 meetings between these two teams in Pittsburgh.

Marquez has had success in his career against the Pirates, but his last few outings concern me, as Marquez has given up four or more runs in three of his last four starts. The Pirates haven’t had much luck lately with Archer on the bump, but the Pirates are the hotter of the two teams after their series victory against San Diego while Colorado has cooled off from their hot streak from just a couple of weeks ago. I think at home, you have to give the edge to Pittsburgh to continue their winning ways on Tuesday.

Pick:
Pittsburgh -102

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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