Pirates As MLB Pick To Plunder Rockies' Cavern Tonight

Joe Gavazzi

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 6:57 PM GMT

It all comes together for us, as we back the Pittsburgh Pirates in this 2nd of an early week, 4-game set against the host Rockies. Check inside to find the best MLB pick.

With last night’s 6-1 victory by the Pirates to open the series, it now pushes their record to 6-0 recently at Coors Field. In the process, Pirates have a .355 BA, outscoring the Rockies 46-23. Pittsburgh enters as a hot team, winning 4/5 of their previous starts, while averaging 7.6 RPG.

The streaky Rockies have hit a cold patch with a recent 1-5 record. With current form and history both on our side, we turn our attention to the pitching matchup which also shows a dominant edge for the visiting Pirates.

Putting all 3 aspects of a handicap together and combining it with strong run line data, shows why we are eager to play the Pirates on the run line in this contest.

Colorado Rockies
For years, De La Rosa was like money in the bank from this mound. Last year, however, he lost his way. In 12 starts at Coors Field last year, he had a 5.60 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. Those are both definite play against numbers.

This year, De La Rosa has continued to struggle. For the season, he is 1-2 with a 9.87 ERA. He has allowed 4 or more runs in each of his 4 starts.

Further complicating his issues today is that he is dealing with the stomach flu, which caused the Rockies to scratch him from yesterday’s start. That hardly bodes well with a pitcher who is struggling with declining velocity.

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Pittsburgh Pirates
For visiting Pittsburgh, their starter, Cole, has improved with every start. In his most recent outing, Cole worked 6 IP, allowing no runs on 4 hits with a 7/0 KBB in an 11-1 victory at San Diego.

He now has a 2.70 ERA for the year. Run line players take note. We all know that Coors Field is one of the highest scoring ballparks in MLB. As a result, it should come as no surprise that a slightly, higher average of the games at Coors are decided by 2 or more runs. When the Rockies lose at home, they lose big!

In fact, in the previous 4 years, 130 of their 162 home losses (over 80%) have come by 2 or more runs. This year, all 6 of their home losses have been by 2 or more runs. I invite you to put the MLB odds in your favor and join me in tonight’s MLB picks on the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Free MLB Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates -1.5 (+105)
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