Colorado Rockies at Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Picks Against the Spread 5/21/2019
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: German Marquez vs. Chris Archer
PNC Park is the site where Josh Bell and the Pittsburgh Pirates (24-20, 3rd in NL Central) will take on the Colorado Rockies (20-25, 4th in NL West) on Tuesday. The Rockies open this matchup at +102 while the Pirates are priced at -112. The over/under opens at 7.5.
The Rockies have been a terrible bet for baseball bettors, having gone 20-25-0 SU. Pittsburgh is covering 54.5% of the time, going 24-20-0 straight up. The Pirates have been dicey for Vegas as favorites, going 10-9-0 SU. Colorado is covering 36.0% of the time as the underdog, having gone 9-16-0 straight up.
Valuable Colorado Rockies Betting Trends
The Rockies have been a bad Under option for over/under baseball bettors, having gone 24-19-2.
The Rockies cover 44.0% of the time as a visitor, having gone 11-14-0 straight up.
Important Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pirates cover 50.0% of the time at PNC Park, going 9-9-0 SU.
The Pirates have been a pretty good Over option for over/under baseball bettors, having gone 24-20-0.
Key Colorado Rockies Injuries
05/05/19 P Harrison Musgrave Elbow 10-day IL (05/04)
04/17/19 RF Noel Cuevas Quad 10-day IL (04/16)
03/30/19 P Chris Rusin Back 10-day IL (03/25)
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
05/16/19 P Trevor Williams Side 10-day IL (05/17)
05/14/19 3B Jung Ho Kang Side 10-day IL (05/13)
05/08/19 P Keone Kela Elbow 10-day IL (05/06)
05/04/19 P Jameson Taillon Elbow 60-day IL (05/04)
04/23/19 P Nick Burdi Elbow 60-day IL (04/23)
04/21/19 C Jacob Stallings Neck 10-day IL (04/18)
04/20/19 2B Erik Gonzalez Collarbone 60-day IL (04/20)
04/04/19 LF Corey Dickerson Shoulder 10-day IL (04/04)
03/30/19 P Edgar Santana Elbow 60-day IL (03/30); is out for season
03/28/19 RF Lonnie Chisenhall Finger 10-day IL (03/28)
03/25/19 P Chad Kuhl Elbow 60-day IL (03/01)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rockies have a 20-25 overall record this season. Starting pitcher German Marquez has a 4-2 record with an earned run average of 3.80 and a WHIP of 1.19 this season. He has 65 strikeouts over his 64 innings pitched and he's given up 64 hits. He's allowed 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.39. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.02 and they have given up 147 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .236 against the bullpen and they've struck out 142 hitters and walked 76 batters. As a team, Colorado allows 9.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine innings. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 5. The Rockies pitchers collectively have given up 413 base hits and 227 earned runs. They have allowed 64 home runs this season, ranking them 9th in the league. Colorado as a pitching staff has walked 168 batters and struck out 375. They have walked 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 4.63.
As a team Colorado is hitting .246, good for 15th in the league. The Rockies hold a .437 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 9th in MLB with 8.6 hits per game. Nolan Arenado is hitting .306 with an on-base percentage of .354. He has 55 hits this season in 180 at bats with 35 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .578 and an OPS+ of 128. Charlie Blackmon is hitting .294 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .354. He has totaled 55 hits and he has driven in 28 men in 187 at bats. His OPS+ is 126 while his slugging percentage is at .567. The Rockies have 388 hits, including 94 doubles and 58 home runs. Colorado has walked 131 times so far this season and they have struck out 444 times as a unit. They have left 284 men on base and have a team OPS of .744. They score 5.04 runs per contest and have scored a total of 227 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Pittsburgh has a 24-20 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.58, Chris Archer has a 1-3 record and a 1.40 WHIP. He has 34 strikeouts over the 30.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 27 hits. He's allowing 7.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.08. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.65 and they have given up 146 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .240 against the Pirates bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 186 batters and walked 71 opposing hitters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.25. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 356 base knocks and 186 earned runs this season. They have given up 48 home runs this year, which ranks 28th in Major League Baseball. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 148 hitters and struck out 400 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.28 while their FIP as a staff is 3.90.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 19th in the league. The Pirates hold a .386 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305, which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.4 hits per contest. Josh Bell comes into this matchup batting .333 with an OBP of .404. He has 55 hits this year along with 44 RBI in 165 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .697 with an OPS+ of 194. Melky Cabrera is hitting .341 this season and he has an OBP of .380. He has collected 44 hits in 129 at bats while driving in 14 runs. He has an OPS+ of 133 and a slugging percentage of .473. The Pirates as a unit have 371 base hits, including 72 doubles and 42 homers. Pittsburgh has walked 122 times this year and they have struck out on 374 occasions. They have had 313 men left on base and have an OPS of .690. They have scored 3.84 runs per game and totaled 169 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rockies/Pirates MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Pirates -112
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