MLB Picks: Bet Rockies +115 in First Five Innings vs. Pirates

Jeff Grant

Friday, August 9, 2013 2:36 PM GMT

The Colorado Rockies return home after a miserable road trip, but they offer some MLB betting value in the early going against the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday.

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League matchup at Coors Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:40 p.m. ET.

Check out our Friday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Streaking

Pittsburgh has won five games in a row, as it enters this series with a four-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central standings.

It’s important to point out that 20 of the team’s last 28 games have been decided by one or two runs.

The Pirates have taken care of business against clubs with a losing record this season—entering this matchup with a 43-18 record in that situation.

Falling apart

Colorado returns home after a dismal 1-9 road trip, as it was outscored by a 62-23 margin over that span.

The Rockies are 14-27 versus left-handed starting pitchers this season, with the UNDER Going 21-19-1 in those 41 contests.

Liriano 

Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (12-4, 2.02 ERA) has won three games in a row, including a 5-2 home victory over the Rockies last time out, as he allowed two hits over seven shutout frames.

The left-hander is 5-3 with a 2.65 ERA in eight road outings, with opposing hitters batting .210 against him.

Liriano has a NL-leading 12 wins since making his 2013 debut on May 13—posting a 2.02 ERA over that period of time.

De La Rosa

Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa (10-6, 3.31 ERA) suffered a defeat when matching up with Liriano at PNC Park, as he surrendered three runs and six hits over four innings of work. 

The left-hander is 6-1 with a 2.65 ERA in 10 home outings—allowing just two round trippers in 57.2 combined frames.

In 12 career games (eight starts) versus the Pirates, De La Rosa has tallied a 3-3 record and 4.24 ERA.

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Prediction

I’m going to place my MLB picks on the Rockies in the first five innings, as they’ve won 14 of De La Rosa’s last 16 home starts versus teams with a winning record.

MLB Pick:  Colorado Rockies +115 First Five Innings