Chad Bettis (2-0, 3.33 ERA) and Jeff Locke (0-2, 7.24 ERA) start in the first of a four-game series between the Colorado Rockies (9-9) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (10-9) at Coors Field. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 25 and can be seen on RTPT and RTRM.
Bettis pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs and striking out five in a 6-5 defeat to the Reds. Locke went 3.0 innings, surrendering eight runs, striking out two and walking four in an 8-2 defeat to the Padres in his most recent start. Gregory Polanco (.313, 12 Rs, 1 HR, 11 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Pirates, going 3 for 6 yesterday with two RBIs.
The odds for Colorado and Pittsburgh are Colorado -120, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 11.5. The Rockies are one of the best in the NL in terms of hits at home with an impressive 10.0 per game.
The Pirates capitalize on their at-bats at a high percentage, leading the league with a .294 team batting average. The Pirates are an excellent base stealing team with 13 stolen bases, ranking fourth in the MLB.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL
Pittsburgh has won 38% (3-5) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Colorado has won 44% (4-5) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Pirates are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 12 runs. The Rockies have a 0-3 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 9-3. The Rockies have an 8-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking sixth in runs, Pittsburgh has earned 95 this season. Colorado ranks third with 99 runs.
Ranking 17th, Colorado is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 56 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at second with 85.
The Rockies are 8-4 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Pirates are 4-4 when they hit at least one homer.