MLB Betting Preview: Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: PNC Park in Pittsburg, PA
When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Moneyline: Colorado Rockies -115
The Colorado Rockies enter this game with a record of 20-25 and have lost four of their last five games including a 3-0 series sweep over the weekend against the Philadelphia Phillies on the road that concluded on Sunday with a 7-5 loss.
The Pittsburgh Pirates enter this game with a record of 24-20 and have won three of their last five games including a 3-1 series win on the road against the San Diego Padres that concluded on Sunday with a 6-4 win.
The Colorado Rockies are listed as -115 money line favorites over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been a surprising team this season, but they play in what is arguably the best division in baseball, the NL Central, and may have a slim chance of making the playoffs as a Wild Card team this season. Pittsburgh is 9-9 at home and 14-10 as an underdog this season.
Pittsburgh will send Chris Archer to the mound for game one of the series. Archer is 1-3 this season with a 5.58 ERA with 34 strikeouts over 30 2/3 innings pitched. He is also 2-0 in his two starts against the Rockies while allowing an average of two runs and striking out an average of seven in those games.
Josh Bell leads the team in home runs, RBI and runs with 14 home runs, 44 RBI and 31 runs. Pittsburgh is averaging 3.84 runs per game, which ranks 25th in MLB. The Pirates are allowing an average of 4.73 runs per game, which ranks 18th in MLB.
Rockies Try To Rebound
The Colorado Rockies have gotten off to a rocky start and will need to go on a run to at least get back in the Wild Card race. Colorado is 11-14 on the road and 13-11 as a favorite this season.
The Rockies will start German Marquez for game one of the series. Marquez is 4-2 this season with a 3.80 ERA while striking out 65 over 64 innings pitched. He is also 2-1 in his last three starts against the Rockies while allowing an average of 2.33 runs and striking out an average of 8.33 in those games.
Nolan Arenado leads the team in home runs and RBI with 11 home runs and 35 RBI. Trevor Story leads the team in runs with 37. Colorado is averaging 5.04 runs per game, which ranks ninth in MLB. The Rockies are allowing an average of 5.24 runs per game, which is tied for 25th in MLB.
Colorado Gets The Win
Colorado still has the better overall team in this series even though the Pirates have the better record and arguably have the better pitcher on the mound. Colorado is 6-4 in its last 10 matchups with Pittsburgh while outscoring the Pirates by an average of 4.70 to 4.60 in those games.
The Pirates are 2-1 in their last three meetings with the Rockies while outscoring Pittsburgh by an average of 4.67 to 2.33 in those games. I look for the Colorado Rockies to come away with the win in game one of the series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.