Pirates vs. Rockies Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Monday, May 8, 2023

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Pirates vs. Rockies Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Monday, May 8, 2023

MLB Predictions

The Pittsburgh Pirates (20-15) will try to put a stop to their current seven-game losing streak when they host the Colorado Rockies (14-21) at 6:35 PM ET on SportsNet PT Monday. Bookmakers consider the Pirates to be -180 favorites to end their skid, while the Rockies are +154 underdogs looking for the upset.

Pittsburgh’s Mitch Keller and Colorado’s Kyle Freeland have been named the starters for this contest.

Pirates vs. Rockies Odds

  • Pirates odds to win: -180
  • Rockies odds to win: +154
  • Spread: Pirates -1.5
  • Total: 8.5 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Monday, May 8, 2023
  • Time: 6:35 PM ET
  • TV: SportsNet PT

Who Will Win Pirates vs. Rockies?

Pirates and Rockies Betting Trends

The Pirates have won seven of the eight games they were favored on the moneyline this season (87.5%).

Pittsburgh has not played a game this season with moneyline odds of -180 or shorter.

The Rockies have entered the game as underdogs 28 times this season and won 12, or 42.9%, of those games.

Colorado has a record of 7-10, a 41.2% win rate, when it’s set as an underdog of +154 or more by oddsmakers this season.

The Pirates have played in 35 games with a set over/under, and have combined with their opponents to go over the total 17 times (17-17-1).

So far this season, the Rockies and their opponents have hit the over in 15 of their 35 games with a total.

Pirates Stats & Insights

The Pirates have the No. 11 offense in MLB action scoring 4.7 runs per game (163 total runs).

Pittsburgh is 20th in baseball with 36 total home runs.

The Pirates’ .249 batting average ranks 14th in MLB.

Pittsburgh strikes out 8.2 times per game to rank 11th in MLB.

The pitching staff for the Pirates has a collective 8.8 K/9, which ranks 15th in MLB.

Pittsburgh’s 3.93 team ERA ranks 11th across all MLB pitching staffs.

Rockies Stats & Insights

The Rockies have scored 152 runs (4.3 per game) this season, which ranks 14th in MLB.

Colorado ranks 24th in Major League Baseball with 30 home runs.

The Rockies’ .256 batting average ranks 11th in the league this season.

Colorado ranks 20th in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 8.8 Ks per contest.

The Rockies average just 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings as a pitching staff, which ranks 26th in the league.

Colorado has the 24th-ranked ERA (4.93) in the majors this season.

Pirates Key Players to Watch

Keller gets the start for the Pirates, his eighth of the season. He is 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings pitched.

Bryan Reynolds leads Pittsburgh in batting average (.307) and runs batted in (23) this season while also slugging five homers.

Carlos Santana is batting .263 with an OBP of .346 and a slugging percentage of .407 this season.

Andrew McCutchen has 24 hits this season and a slash line of .238/.350/.465.

Ke’Bryan Hayes has 31 hits and an OBP of .300 to go with a slugging percentage of .359 this season.

Rockies Key Players to Watch

The Rockies will hand the ball to Freeland (3-3) for his eighth start of the season.

Kris Bryant has five doubles, five home runs and 14 walks while hitting .300.

Charlie Blackmon has seven doubles, three home runs and 15 walks while hitting .261.

Elias Diaz has put up a team-best batting average of .343 while leading the Rockies in runs batted in (18).

C.J. Cron has put his power on display as he paces his team with six home runs.

Pirates and Rockies Injuries

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

Rockies: German Márquez: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Dinelson Lamet: 15 Day IL (Back), Noah Davis: 15 Day IL (Elbow), 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 vs. Rockies Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Pirates 5, Rockies 4
  • Total Prediction: Under 8.5 runs
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