Chad Bettis (8-5, 4.46 ERA) and Jeff Locke (8-11, 4.48 ERA) start in the last of a four-game series between the Colorado Rockies (63-89) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (92-60) at Coors Field. The Pirates won the last game 13-7, continuing a five-game winning streak. Pittsburgh can finish out the series sweep with a win in this game. Action begins at 3:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sep. 24 and can be seen on RTPT.
Bettis pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out six and walking one in a 7-4 win over the Padres. Nolan Arenado (.283, 90 Rs, 39 HRs, 115 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. Locke went 6.1 innings, surrendering four runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking two in a 6-2 defeat to the Dodgers in his most recent start. Andrew McCutchen (.296, 88 Rs, 22 HRs, 95 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Pittsburgh takes on Colorado as a -135 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at 11 runs. The Rockies have recorded an overall money line of -1,366 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 44-68. Colorado has recorded a disappointing 2-6 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Rockies lead the NL in hits at home with an impressive 10.4 per game.
In the other locker room, Pittsburgh is coming in with an overall money line of +1,996 and an impressive record of 72-35 as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 5-2 record, and a 6-4 record SU. Offensively, they average 4.3 runs per game, which is good for fourth in the NL. The Pirates are tough outs for opponents, ranking third in the NL with 9.1 hits per game.
The Pirates have controlled the season series, 5-1. The Rockies have a bad 8-27 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Locke takes the mound. Bettis (RHP) will be on the hill against the Pirates, who have a 74-46 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Pit, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Pittsburgh is 36-33, while Colorado is 30-38.
The Pirates are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 13 runs. The Rockies have a 0-7 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 11-66. The Pirates have a 19-46 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 22nd in home runs, Pittsburgh has hit 133 this season. Colorado ranks seventh with 175 home runs.
Colorado and Pittsburgh both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Colorado sits at fourth with 9.07 hits per game and Pittsburgh ranks third with 9.09.
Ranking 15th, Pittsburgh is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.726). Colorado ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .747.
The Pirates are 40-36 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rockies are 33-69 when they allow at least one homer.