Jon Gray (0-0, 9.00 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (9-11) go up against Jonathon Niese (3-0, 4.24 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (12-9) in the third of a four-game series at Coors Field. The Pirates won the last game 9-4, and Pittsburgh leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 8:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 27 and will air on RTPT and RTRM.
In his most recent outing, Gray pitched 5.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out 10 and walking two in a 7-5 victory over the Dodgers. Nolan Arenado (.273, 18 Rs, 8 HRs, 19 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Pirates were also victorious the last time Niese pitched. He struggled, going 5.1 innings, giving up four runs, striking out two and walking two in an 8-7 victory over the Diamondbacks. Gregory Polanco (.333, 15 Rs, 1 HR, 12 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Pirates, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Pirates -115 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 11 at the moment.
So far this season, the Pirates are 2-0 against the Rockies.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL
Colorado has won 40% (4-6) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Pittsburgh has won 44% (4-5) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Pirates managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rockies who are heading in with a 0-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 0-9. The Pirates have a 1-6 record when opponents outhit them.
Pittsburgh ranks near the bottom of the league at 24th when it comes to home runs, hitting 17 this season. Colorado ranks in the top five with 29.
Ranking first in hits, Pittsburgh has earned 10.30 per game this season. Colorado ranks eighth with 9.05 hits.
Colorado and Pittsburgh both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Colorado sits at eighth with an OPS of .799, and Pittsburgh ranks sixth with an OPS of .824.
The Pirates are 7-9 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rockies are 5-10 when they allow at least one homer.