Colorado Rockies at Pittsburgh Pirates 7/18/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 7/17/2014
Friday, July 18, 7:05 PM on ROOT
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Colorado Rockies - De La Rosa (10-6) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - Liriano, F (1-7)
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Friday night, the Colorado Rockies will give the ball to Jorge De La Rosa as they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates and Francisco Liriano. It will be the 20 th start for De La Rosa and the 16th for Liriano.
Jorge De La Rosa won his 4th straight in his last outing and that boosted his record to 10 - 6 with a 4.56 ERA. In his last victory, De La Rosa allowed just a run on 6 hits in 6 innings of work. He walked a batter and struck out 3. If De La Rosa continues this run of quality starts, he could match 2013's record of 16 - 6 with a 3.49 ERA in 30 starts.
Last season, De La Rosa was 1 - 1 with a 4.00 ERA in 2 starts against the Pirates. The Pirates have hit De La Rosa well and Pittsburgh owns a .321 average with 26 hit and 6 RBIs in 81 at-bats against the veteran lefty.
Francisco Liriano saw his record fall to 1 - 7 with a 4.72 ERA after losing his last start. In the loss, Liriano surrendered 3 runs and 3 hits (including a home run) in 4 innings. He walked 6 while only striking out 4. It was Liriano's first start after coming off the DL and it wasn't pretty as he threw 94 pitches in his 4 innings of work. It will be impossible for Liriano to match his numbers from 2013 when he went 16 - 8 with a 3.02 ERA in 26 starts.
Last season, Liriano was 1 - 1 with a 9.64 ERA in 2 starts against the Rockies. Colorado's Wilin Rosario is 2 for 5 against Liriano with a homer and 4 RBIs.
Colorado Rockies Betting Trends
Colorado Rockies are 49-38-8 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Colorado Rockies is -0.5
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 44-45-6 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is 0
Injuries to Watch
07/08/14 P Jhoulys Chacin Rotator Cuff 60-day DL (6/29), out for season
07/07/14 P Nick Masset Shoulder 15-day DL (7/6)
06/24/14 P Christian Bergman Thumb 60-day DL (6/20)
06/10/14 P Eddie Butler Rotator Cuff 15-day DL (6/7)
06/10/14 RF Michael Cuddyer Shoulder 15-day DL (6/6)
06/05/14 P Jordan Lyles Hand 60-day DL (6/4)
05/01/14 P Tyler Chatwood Elbow 60-day DL (4/30)
04/15/14 P Brett Anderson Finger 60-day DL (4/13)
07/13/14 LF Starling Marte Personal questionable
07/08/14 P Gerrit Cole Side 15-day DL (7/5)
07/06/14 SS Clint Barmes Groin 15-day DL (6/30)
Josh's Pick: Take Colorado
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