Jorge De La Rosa (1-2, 9.87 ERA) and Gerrit Cole (1-2, 2.70 ERA) take the hill in the second of a four-game series between the Colorado Rockies (9-10) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (11-9) at Coors Field. The Pirates won the last game 6-1, and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 26 and can be seen on RTPT and RTRM.
De La Rosa pitched 2.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out five and walking one in a 4-3 defeat to the Reds. Cole went 6.0 innings, surrendering zero runs and striking out seven in an 11-1 win over the Padres in his last outing. Gregory Polanco (.324, 14 Rs, 1 HR, 11 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Pirates, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs.
The odds for Colorado and Pittsburgh are Pirates -130, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 10.
The Pirates have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
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 are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Rockies have a record of 3-6 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 0-8. The Pirates have a 1-6 record when opponents outhit them.
Pittsburgh ranks near the bottom of the league at 28th when it comes to home runs, hitting 12 this season. Colorado ranks in the top five with 28.
Pittsburgh tops the league in hits with 10.37 per game this season. Colorado ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 9.06.
Colorado and Pittsburgh both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Colorado sits at seventh with an OPS of .802, and Pittsburgh ranks sixth with an OPS of .806.
When the Pirates allow at least one home run, they are 6-9, well-matched with the Rockies who are 5-9 when allowing at least one homer.