MLB Betting Preview: Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – April 16, 2018

by | Apr 15, 2018 | Baseball

Matchup at a Glance

Where: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date & Time: Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7:05 PM ET
Moneyline: PITT -120 | COL +110
Over/Under Total: 8.5
Quick Pick: Colorado Rockies +110

The Colorado Rockies will take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in a National League matchup in the MLB on Monday April 16, 2018.  This game is being played at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with the first pitch scheduled to take place at 7:05 PM ET.  

BetOnline has set the moneyline at Pittsburgh Pirates -120 and the Colorado Rockies +110, with the total for the over under play at 8.5 runs.

Rockies Continue On East Coast Road Trip

The Colorado Rockies are in second place in the National League West Division with a 9-8 record. They are currently 4 games behind the division leading Arizona Diamondbacks.  The Rockies are coming off a Sunday win over the Washington Nationals 6-5 and have now won 4 out of their last 5 games. They will now travel from the Nation’s Capital, northwest to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates.

German Marquez will make the start for the Rockies in Game 1 of this series.  Marquez is 0-1 on the year with a 4.97 ERA. Marquez has gone 12 innings and given up 8 runs on 12 hits.  He has walked the same amount of batters that he has struck out with 10. Marquez was ejected in his last outing as part of benches clearing brawl that occurred between the Rockies and the Padres.

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Pirates Head Home To Host Rockies

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in first place in the National League Central with a 11-4 record.  They have shocked many so-called experts in the industry with their early season success after they parted ways with several of their main players from the past few years.  The Pirates have won 2 games straight and 3 out of the last 4 games. They will now end their road trip and head home to take on the Colorado Rockies.

Steven Brault will make his 3rd start of the year for the Pirates. Brault is 2-0 on the season with a 3.46 ERA.  Brault has given up 5 earned runs on 12 hits over 13 innings in 2018. The third year lefty won his first two appearances of the year but was racked pretty hard in his last outing, only lasting 5 innings and giving up 7 hits and 4 earned runs.   

Rockies Win First Game In Pittsburgh

On paper, Steven Brault looks appealing but truth be told, he was hammered in his last outing and is a product of a team putting up great run support.  He will now have to try to shut down the Colorado Rockies, who have the 2nd best offense in the National League West. They can really pound the ball and if he has a weak moment like his last game, then he may be in for a short outing on Monday.  I like the Rockies to win this game and continue their hot streak.

Pick: Colorado Rockies +110 for 2 units

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