Juan Nicasio (4-3, 4.46 ERA) and Chad Bettis (4-2, 4.18 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (23-19) and the Colorado Rockies (21-21) at PNC Park. The Rockies won the last game 5-1, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 22 and can be seen on RTPT and RTRM.
Nicasio pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs (two unearned), striking out six and walking two in a 12-9 win over the Braves. John Jaso (.312, 18 Rs, 3 HRs, 15 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4. Bettis went 6.2 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking two in a 3-1 win over the Cardinals in his most recent start. Trevor Story (.285, 27 Rs, 12 HRs, 31 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
The Pirates are a -135 favorite and the total is 8.
Pick - COL
Pittsburgh recorded at least two errors for the sixth time this season.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Pirates are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Rockies have an 8-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Pirates are 3-12. The Rockies have a 4-14 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 22nd in home runs, Pittsburgh has hit 39 this season. Colorado ranks 13th with 49 home runs.
Ranking 20th, Colorado is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 124 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 156.
When the Pirates hit at least one home run, they are 15-9, well-matched with the Rockies who are 14-9 when hitting one or more homers.