Jonathon Niese (4-2, 5.28 ERA) and Tyler Chatwood (5-3, 3.20 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (23-18) and the Colorado Rockies (20-21) at PNC Park. The Pirates won the last game 2-1, and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 21 and can be seen on RTPT and RTRM.
Niese pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking two in an 8-5 win over the Braves. Andrew McCutchen (.248, 27 Rs, 8 HRs, 19 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Chatwood went 7.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking three in a 4-3 win over the Mets in his most recent start. Nolan Arenado (.314, 32 Rs, 14 HRs, 34 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Rockies, going 3 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Pirates are a -140 favorite and the total is 8.
Pick - PIT
In their last game, the Rockies lost by a margin of one run. The Pirates are 7-4 in one-run games. The Rockies have a 3-6 record in close games.
The Pirates are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rockies have a 5-10 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
It looks like the Pirates have a slight leg up on the Rockies, as the Pirates have won their last two games while the Rockies have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 16-5. The Pirates have an 18-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking sixth, Pittsburgh is in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 202 this season. Colorado ranks in the top five with 203.
Pittsburgh and Colorado both rank in the top five of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Pittsburgh sits at third with an OPS of .791, and Colorado ranks fifth with an OPS of .787.
The Rockies are 9-16 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Pirates are 14-15 when they allow at least one homer.