Chad Bettis (4-5, 5.58 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (27-32) meet Jeff Locke (5-3, 4.28 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (32-27) in the first of a one-game series at Coors Field. The game gets underway at 5:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 9 and will air on RTPT and RTRM.
In his most recent outing, Bettis pitched 5.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out three and walking one in a 4-3 loss to the Padres. The Pirates were victorious the last time Locke pitched. He tossed 7.0 innings, allowing three runs and striking out two in an 8-7 victory over the Angels. Gregory Polanco (.308, 40 Rs, 9 HRs, 39 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Pirates, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one RBI, and one stolen base.
Both teams are lined in the -105 range for this midday matinee game with a total of 11.5.
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In their last game, the Pirates lost by a margin of one run. The Rockies are 4-8 in one-run games. The Pirates have a 9-8 record in close games.
When leading after seven innings, Pittsburgh is 14-18, while Colorado is 12-18.
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 0-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 24-7. The Rockies have a 22-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking sixth, Pittsburgh sits in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 288 this season. Colorado ranks in the top five with 292.
Colorado and Pittsburgh both rank in the top five of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Colorado sits at third with an OPS of .783, and Pittsburgh ranks fourth with an OPS of .783.
The Pirates are 18-21 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rockies are 12-25 when they allow at least one homer.