Rockies vs. Pirates Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Monday, April 17, 2023

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Rockies vs. Pirates Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Monday, April 17, 2023

MLB Predictions

The Colorado Rockies (5-11) stumble into Monday’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates (9-7) looking to break a five-game losing streak. The contest starts at 8:40 PM ET on SportsNet RM with the Rockies listed as -142 favorites to right the ship.

Colorado’s Kyle Freeland gets the start, and he’ll go against Pittsburgh’s Rich Hill.

Rockies vs. Pirates Odds

  • Rockies odds to win: -142
  • Pirates odds to win: +121
  • Spread: Rockies -1.5
  • Total: 11.5 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Monday, April 17, 2023
  • Time: 8:40 PM ET
  • TV: SportsNet RM

Who Will Win Rockies vs. Pirates?

Rockies and Pirates Betting Trends

The Rockies have been favored on the moneyline four total times this season. They’ve gone 2-2 in those games.

Colorado has a record of 2-1 when it has played as moneyline favorites with odds of -142 or shorter (66.7% winning percentage).

This season, the Pirates have won eight out of the 15 games, or 53.3%, in which they’ve been the underdog.

Pittsburgh has a record of 6-5 in games where oddsmakers have it as underdogs of at least +121 on the moneyline.

The Rockies have had an over/under set by oddsmakers 16 times, and have combined with opponents to go over the total in eight of those games (8-6-2).

So far this season, the Pirates and their opponents have hit the over in seven of their 16 games with a total.

Rockies Stats & Insights

The Rockies have the No. 24 offense in MLB play scoring 3.9 runs per game (63 total runs).

Colorado ranks 22nd in baseball with 15 home runs. They average 0.9 per game.

The Rockies have the 12th-ranked batting average in the majors (.253).

Colorado strikes out 8.9 times per game to rank 18th in MLB.

The Rockies pitching staff ranks 21st in the majors with a collective 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings.

Colorado’s 5.06 team ERA ranks 23rd across all MLB pitching staffs.

Pirates Stats & Insights

The Pirates have scored the 23rd-most runs in the league this season with 66 (4.1 per game).

Pittsburgh’s 19 home runs rank 10th in Major League Baseball.

The Pirates’ .234 batting average ranks 23rd in the league this season.

Pittsburgh ranks 11th in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 8.2 Ks per contest.

The Pirates average the 23rd-most strikeouts per nine innings (8.3) in the league this season.

Pittsburgh pitchers have a combined ERA of 4.30 ERA this year, which ranks 15th in MLB.

Rockies Key Players to Watch

The Rockies are sending Freeland (2-0) out for his fourth start of the season. He is 2-0 with a .96 ERA and 11 strikeouts through 18 2/3 innings pitched.

Elias Diaz leads Colorado in runs batted in with eight while batting .362, which is also best on the team.

Charlie Blackmon is batting .296 with an OBP of .387 and a slugging percentage of .407 this season.

C.J. Cron leads Colorado in home runs with four and runs batted in with eight.

Kris Bryant has 18 hits and an OBP of .348 to go with a slugging percentage of .393 this season.

Pirates Key Players to Watch

The Pirates’ Hill (0-2) will make his fourth start of the season.

Bryan Reynolds has accumulated a team-high batting average of .317, while pacing the Pirates in home runs (five) and runs batted in (15).

Andrew McCutchen is batting .298 with three doubles, two home runs and 11 walks.

Ke’Bryan Hayes is hitting .186 with four doubles, a triple, a home run and five walks.

Carlos Santana is batting .228 with five doubles, two home runs and seven walks.

Rockies and Pirates Injuries

Rockies: Randal Grichuk: 10 Day IL (Hernia), German Márquez: 15 Day IL (Forearm), Daniel Bard: 15 Day IL (Anxiety), Antonio Senzatela: 15 Day IL (Knee), Ryan Rolison: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Lucas Gilbreath: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Brendan Rodgers: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Tyler Kinley: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Sean Bouchard: 60 Day IL (Biceps)

Pirates: Ji-Man Choi: 10 Day IL (Achilles), Rob Zastryzny: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Chase De Jong: 15 Day IL (Knee), Oneil Cruz: 60 Day IL (Ankle), Jarlin García: 60 Day IL (Arm), Max Kranick: 60 Day IL (Elbow), JT Brubaker: 60 Day IL (Elbow)

Rockies vs. Pirates Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Rockies 5, Pirates 4
  • Total Prediction: Under 11.5 runs
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