Rockies at Pirates 5/23/19 - MLB Picks & Predictions
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Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB: 12:35 PM EST
May. 23, 2019
Latest Odds : PIT -131 Total 8.5
PNC Park will play host to a Thursday afternoon clash between the Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh Pirates. Last night, Daniel Murphy and Tony Wolters drove in three runs apiece during a 9-3 Colorado victory. SP Jon Gray struck out seven batters in seven innings to even his record at 4-4 for the Rockies, who are three games below .500 overall.
Twenty-four year old righty Antonio Senzatela (3-3 4.89 ERA) will make his eighth start of the season for the Rockies. Through 38 plus innings, Senzatela has walked 15 batters and is allowing a .277 opponents’ batting average.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost 11 of their first 20 home games and have dropped the first two games of this series by a 14-3 combined score. On Wednesday, Josh Bell hit his second home run of the season into the Allegheny River. Nick Kingham was rocked for nine hits and six runs in four innings for the Pirates.
The Pirates will counter with twenty-eight year old righty Jordan Lyles (4-1 1.97 ERA) in the series finale. Last time out, Lyles fanned 12 batters and allowed one run over seven innings to pitch Pittsburgh to a 5-3 victory at San Diego.
Recent Betting Trends:
Rockies are 5-2 in Senzatelas last 7 road starts.
Pirates are 3-8 in their last 11 home games.
Under is 9-2 in Senzatelas last 11 road starts.
Over is 13-5 in Pirates last 18 overall.
Rockies are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh.
Free Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates -131
Pittsburgh SP Jameson Taillon (elbow) has been transferred to the 60-day injured list. Through 47 games, Colorado ranks 15th in OPS and 15th in runs scored. For the season, Pittsburgh ranks 24th in OPS and 28th in runs scored. Take Pittsburgh to score a much needed home victory in the series finale. Final Score Prediction, Pittsburgh Pirates win 5-4.