Christian Bergman (3-0, 3.81 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (63-88) meet Charlie Morton (9-8, 4.26 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (91-60) in the third of a four-game series at Coors Field. The Pirates won the last game 6-3 and Pittsburgh leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 8:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 23 and will air on RTRM and RTPT.
In his last start, Bergman pitched 3.1 innings, allowing one run and striking out three in a 10-2 victory over the Padres. Nolan Arenado (.283, 90 Rs, 39 HRs, 115 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. The Pirates were unsuccessful to the Cubs 9-6 the last time Morton pitched. He went 4.0 innings, allowing five runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking two.
Colorado is a +120 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 11 runs. The Rockies have a losing record of 44-67 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of -1,266. The Rockies lead the NL in hits at home with 10.5 per game.
Across the field, the Pirates have a nice record of 71-35 when they are favored and are +1,896 overall with the money line. They have played at the top of their game when rated as favorite recently. They managed a 5-2 record when playing as the favorite and an SU record of 6-4. One of the top hitting teams in the NL are the Pirates, who average 9.1 hits per game.
In their previous five games this season, the Pirates have a 4-1 record. The Rockies will take on a right-hander (Morton) in this game and have a 55-61 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Bergman will take the mound against the Pirates, who have a 16-14 record against lefty starters this season.
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 game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Rockies have a 16-38 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 11-65. The Pirates have a 19-46 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 22nd in home runs, Pittsburgh has hit 132 this season. Colorado ranks seventh with 173 home runs.
Colorado and Pittsburgh both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Colorado sits at third with 9.08 hits per game and Pittsburgh ranks fourth with 9.07.
Ranking 17th, Pittsburgh is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.723). Colorado ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .746.
The Pirates are 39-36 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rockies are 33-68 when they allow at least one homer.