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Rockies Continue to be Undervalued on the Road

Jameson Taillon (2-1, 3.31 ERA) will make his return today and he’ll be thrown directly into the fire against a Rockies team that’s coming off a series win against the Chicago Cubs. Taillon missed five weeks after undergoing surgery for testicular cancer and has allowed six runs in 14 innings of rehabilitation work in Triple-A. The Rox are now 41-24 on the season and despite having 13 more wins than the last-place Pirates, they opened as moneyline underdogs for Monday’s series ice-breaker.

SHARK BITES
  • The Rockies are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games with Kyle Freeland as the starting pitcher.
  • The total has gone OVER in seven of the Rockies' last 10 games when opening a series.
  • The Rockies are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games on the road against the Pirates.

Rookie southpaw Kyle Freeland (7-3, 3.34 ERA) gets the nod for the NL West division leaders today looking to stay unbeaten on the road. Colorado’s pitching staff, which has the lowest ERA in baseball, has been a breath of fresh, Rocky Mountain air for the mile-high mashers this season and Freeland has been the epitome of that.

Pittsburgh has struggled to hit lefty starters this season, going 7-11 straight up against them, and no one in the Pirates’ lineup has ever had a major league at-bat against the Rox’ rook. Owning one of the worst offenses in baseball, the Bucs could have issues keeping up with a Rockies squad that’s scored more runs than any other NL club.

Like Freeland, Taillon has never faced a batter in the lineup he’ll face tonight and after this evening’s game, he may never want to see them again.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to pick the visiting Colorado Rockies before the first pitch in this match found them as 110 moneyline underdogs earlier today at Bovada. They saw the over/under total of 8.5 earlier at TopBet.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 6.0-4.0 result in favor of the Rockies. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Colorado Rockies vs Pittsburgh Pirates Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Pittsburgh (28-35) will face the 41-24 Rockies in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Colorado injuries news.

This game puts the Pittsburgh Pirates, most recently No. 13 in Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Colorado Rockies, who rate a No. 2 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Pittsburgh Pirates and its No. 25-rated batting order, averaging 4.22 runs per nine innings, against the No. 4 line up of the Colorado Rockies at 5.26 runs per outing.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Pittsburgh has the No. 20-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rockies own the No. 6 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Colorado looks to rebound from a loss to the Cubs, who beat them 7-5 on Sunday behind a start from J Arrieta at Wrigley Field.

Pittsburgh looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Marlins, a 3-1 final on Sunday in support of I Nova at PNC Park.

Betting Trends
  • Colorado is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Colorado is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games
  • Colorado is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
  • Pittsburgh is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Colorado at Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 13th

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