Tyler Chatwood (2-2, 3.47 ERA) and Juan Nicasio (2-2, 4.50 ERA) take the hill in the last of a four-game series between the Colorado Rockies (9-12) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (13-9) at Coors Field. The Rockies lost the last game 9-8, continuing a five-game losing streak. Pittsburgh can finish out the series sweep with a win in this game. Action begins at 3:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 28 and can be seen on RTPT and RTRM.
Chatwood pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking two in a 4-1 defeat to the Dodgers. Nolan Arenado (.289, 20 Rs, 9 HRs, 20 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 6 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. Nicasio went 5.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking four in a 7-1 defeat to the Diamondbacks in his last outing. Andrew McCutchen (.247, 16 Rs, 5 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run.
The odds for Colorado and Pittsburgh are Rockies -105, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 11 as of now.
The Pirates have the edge in the season series, 3-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL
The Pirates won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Rockies are 1-3. The Pirates are 4-2 in close games this season.
The Rockies managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Pirates who are coming in with a 9-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Pirates have a slight leg up on the Rockies, as the Pirates have won their last four games while the Rockies have lost their last five.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 10-3. The Rockies have an 8-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking sixth in runs, Colorado has earned 112 this season. Pittsburgh ranks third with 119 runs.
Ranking 12th, Colorado is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 69 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at second with 96.
When the Rockies hit at least one home run, they are 8-6. When the Pirates hit at least one homer, they have a 7-4 record.