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Pittsburgh Pirates Starter Jonathon Niese Out to Silence Colorado Rockies Bats in MLB Contest

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to improve on a 23-18 record when they take on the Colorado Rockies, a key part of the MLB betting odds line up on Saturday.

It's a pitching duel between Jonathon Niese for the Pittsburgh Pirates (4-2 on the year) and Tyler Chatwood for Colorado Rockies (5-3 so far).

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Baseball betting odds makers, including BetOnline, opened the Pittsburgh Pirates as -134 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under total bettors saw the number open at 8 at shops such as Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 5.2-4.1 result in favor of the Pirates. 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

23-18 Pittsburgh battles the Rockies, currently with a 20-21 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Colorado injuries news.

According to MLB Power Rankings here, it's the No. 15-ranked Pittsburgh Pirates and the No. 12-rated Colorado Rockies in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh Pirates No. 5-rated offense, averaging 4.93 runs per game, against a Colorado Rockies defense that ranks No. 28 at 5.12 in runs allowed per game. The Pittsburgh Pirates have averaged 9.83 hits per game so far, more than Colorado Rockies batters have averaged on the year (9.59 hits per game).

Colorado brings the No. 28-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Pirates's No. 21-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Rockies endured a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Pirates on Friday, with E Butler throwing 6 innings of 7-hit ball at PNC Park.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Colorado's last 7 games
  • Colorado is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado's last 6 games on the road
  • Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Colorado

Next Betting Matchups

Colorado at Pittsburgh, Sunday, May 22nd