Gerrit Cole (4-3, 3.05 ERA) and Eddie Butler (2-1, 4.74 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (22-18) and the Colorado Rockies (20-20) at PNC Park. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 20 and can be seen on RTPT and RTRM.
Cole pitched 8.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs and striking out seven in a 2-1 win over the Cubs. Gregory Polanco (.308, 30 Rs, 5 HRs, 22 RBIs, 5 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. Butler went 5.0 innings, surrendering four runs and striking out three in a 7-4 win over the Mets in his most recent start. Trevor Story (.287, 26 Rs, 12 HRs, 31 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Rockies, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds for Pittsburgh and Colorado are Pirates -200, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
The Pirates have the edge in the season series, 3-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
When leading after seven innings, Pittsburgh is 12-10, while Colorado is 8-12.
The Rockies managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Pirates who are heading in with a 13-8 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 18-5. The Rockies have a 16-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Pittsburgh and Colorado both rank in the top five of the league in runs. Pittsburgh sits at fifth with 200 runs this season and Colorado ranks fourth with 202.
Ranking 21st, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 119 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 152.
When the Pirates hit at least one home run, they are 15-9, well-matched with the Rockies who are 13-8 when hitting one or more homers.