If there is a better division in baseball than the NL Central right now, I don’t know what it is. That division will have no less than three teams represented in the postseason, and all three are in a solid run of form right now. The Pittsburgh Pirates are trying desperately to run down the St. Louis Cardinals to avoid the Wild Card, where they would likely face the Chicago Cubs. They will look to keep their momentum going when they close out a series in Colorado on Thursday.
An Inside Look at the MLB Odds Report on Pittsburgh Pirates at Colorado RockiesDate: Thursday, September 24, 2015Time: 3:10PMVenue: Coors FieldOpening MLB odds: Pittsburgh -125
The Pirates (91-60) are certainly doing all they can to keep the pressure on the division leaders, and are on a 4-game win streak that still leaves them 4 games out of the top spot. It would be natural for them to look ahead to the Cubs, who they face later in the week, but they seem determined to take care of business in Colorado first, if the first 2 games of the series are anything to go by. Pittsburgh has scored 15 runs in those 2 games, but will still be a little concerned that they have given up 6. This is a team that does tend to win on sheer power, though, but they are going to have to tighten up defensively if they hope to play deep into October. With a series against the Cardinals still to come, the Pirates will feel as though they still have a legitimate shot at the division crown. Jeff Locke (8-11, 4.48 ERA) will be on the mound for the Pirates.Taking a close look at this series will allow the Rockies (63-88) to see how much work is needed in order for them to be on a par with the best teams in the National League. Sure, you could get to that by just looking at the records of these two teams, but it is also about the depth of a club, and what you have waiting in the minor leagues. By all accounts, the Rockies have a pretty solid group of guys in the farm system, but how far away are they from being competitive in the big leagues? The feeling is that Colorado are going to have to bring in some veteran talent during free agency to see if they can’t follow a similar path to that of the Chicago Cubs. Only time will tell. Chad Bettis (8-5, 4.46 ERA) will get the start for the Rockies.
There goes my hero. pic.twitter.com/drmrzi53td— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) September 23, 2015