Preview: Pirates at Rockies

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GAME: Pittsburgh Pirates (54-49) at Colorado Rockies (43-60)
DATE/TIME: Sunday, July 27 - 4:10 PM EST
WHERE: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
LINE: -116, 107 TOTAL: 10.5


The Colorado Rockies try for a three-game sweep against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday as the team with the worst ERA in baseball (5.01) continues to receive solid pitching. Colorado recorded its second straight 8-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday while recording its third straight quality start and seventh in eight games since the All-Star break. The turnaround is starting to translate into victories as the Rockies have won three consecutive games after losing seven in a row.

The Pirates, who swept the Rockies last weekend with three come-from-behind victories, fell four games behind first-place Milwaukee in the National League Central and 1 1/2 games out of wild-card position. Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez did not start for the fourth straight game as he continues to battle a left knee injury while center fielder Andrew McCutchen's slump reached 6-for-30 since the All-Star break after going 0-for-4 on Saturday. Pittsburgh's Edinson Volquez had his four-start winning streak snapped in his last turn and opposes Franklin Morales, who is looking for his first victory of the season against a team outside the NL West.

TV: 4:10 p.m. ET, ROOT (Pittsburgh, Colorado)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Edinson Volquez (8-7, 3.86 ERA) vs. Rockies LH Franklin Morales (5-5, 5.21)

Volquez yielded five runs and a season-high 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday after allowing three runs over 30 innings in his previous four outings. The 31-year-old Dominican Republic native has lost six straight decisions against Colorado and is 3-8 with a 7.80 ERA in 13 starts - including 1-5, 8.45 in eight outings at Coors Field. Carlos Gonzalez (10-for-19, six RBIs) and Wilin Rosario (8-for-20, two homers, nine RBIs) have fared well against Volquez.

Morales permitted four runs (three earned) - all in the third inning - and nine hits while walking four in six frames of a 7-2 loss to Washington on Monday. "Other than (the third inning), he threw the ball well," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of the 28-year-old Venezuelan. Morales is 4-5 with a 5.40 ERA in 14 starts this season, including 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in three outings since returning to the rotation after making eight appearances out of the bullpen in June. 

WALK-OFFS

1. Colorado 3B Nolan Arenado, who was benched Friday for not hustling while running out a grounder, responded with three hits Saturday - including a home run.

2. Pittsburgh 2B Neil Walker had his 22-game streak of reaching base safely - the longest active run in the majors - snapped Saturday after going 0-for-4.

3. Gonzalez missed Saturday's game after spraining his right ankle at home earlier in the day, and according to manager Walt Weiss, "it's very swollen.'' 

PREDICTION: Pirates 9, Rockies 8

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Pittsburgh 54-49 L2 34-21 20-28 12-5 22-30 14-7 6-7
Colorado 43-60 W3 27-27 16-33 11-16 5-13 21-22 6-9

Last Meeting

Pittsburgh Colorado
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/26/14 PIT 1 COL 8 .133 1 .479 .378 3 1.074

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
PIT N. Walker .421 8 1.108
COL J. Rutledge .500 8 1.312
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
PIT N. Walker 1 5 2
COL C. Gonzalez 2 2 4
Pitching ERA Avg K
PIT 4.20 .230 37
COL 2.64 .275 31
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
PIT A. McCutchen .314 121 .960
COL T. Tulowitzki .340 107 1.035
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
PIT A. McCutchen 17 59 63
COL T. Tulowitzki 21 71 52
Pitching ERA Avg K
PIT 3.77 .256 749
COL 4.98 .282 667

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN 115 -135
-115
10.5
Offshore Odds
5Dimes.eu 104
-114
100
10.5
CarbonSports 110 -120
-105
10.5
GTBets.eu 104 -114
-105
10.5
Top Bet 106 -116
-105
10.5
SBO.ag 105 -125
-105
10.5
BetDSI 109 -119
100
10.5
Sportsbook 110 -120
-105
10.5
BookMaker.eu 109 -119
100
10.5
Vegas Odds
LVH
110
-120
-120
10.5
Mirage -100 -120
-125
10.5
Station 110 -125
-110
10.5
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Pittsburgh Overall Colorado
54-49 W/L 43-60
55-48 RL W/L 54-49
45-50-8 O/U 51-42-10
4.13 Runs For 4.73
4.17 Runs Against 5.19
Pittsburgh A/H Colorado
20-28 W/L 27-27
26-22 RL W/L 28-26
21-25-2 O/U 25-25-4
3.69 Runs For 5.71
4.38 Runs Against 5.64