It’s tough to get a handle on how the rest of the season is going to go after just 20 games, but one thing that already seems very apparent is that the Central Division is once again going to be the best in baseball. The Cubs, Pirates, and Cardinals are all off to winning starts, and there is nothing to suggest that they are not going to keep rolling along. The Pirates are currently sitting 3.5 games back of the Chicago Cubs in the division, and are in search of a little bit of consistency, as things have been up and down for them through the first few weeks of the season. A visit to Colorado seems to have helped, as they have already won the first 2 games of this 4-game series. The Rockies are just looking to be better than they were last season, but they have fallen off after getting out to a pretty decent start. The final game of this series is set for Thursday afternoon, and you can wager on it at MyBookie.
Pittsburgh Pirates Vs Colorado Rockies MLB Betting Guide
When: Thursday, April 28 at 3:10 PM EST
Where: Coors Field, Denver
Starting Pitchers: Juan Nicasio Vs Tyler Chatwood
TV: ROOT SPORTS
Radio: KMOX and KOA
MLB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pirates (12-9) came flying out of the gate this year, winning their first 4 games in pretty comfortable style. Things did not go so smoothly after that, and they actually found themselves a game under .500 after 11 games. They appear to have righted the ship, and have now gone 7-3 in their last 10 outings. Part of the reason for their return to form has to be down to their bats getting incredibly hot. They have won 5 of their last 6 games, cranking out a total of 46 runs in those 5 runs. They still tend to be a little leaky on defense at times, but this is a team that will win more than they lose if they can continue to drive runners home. Juan Nicasio (2-2, 4.50 ERA) has been a little up and down in his 4 starts, and will be hoping for better on Thursday.
Why bet on the Colorado Rockies
No real surprise that Nolan Arenado is once again leading the way for the Rockies (9-12) with 8 bombs already flying out of the ball park. This is a team that is going to score a lot of runs, and they already have over 100 batted in through their first 21 games. It is pitching that is letting them down badly right now, as a 5.87 team ERA is about as bad as it gets. That poor pitching has been on display through the first 2 games with the Pirates, and it’s going to result in a sweep if they can’t get one of their starters to go deep into a game with a quality start. It’ll be Tyler Chatwood (2-2, 3.47 ERA) who will get the ball on Thursday.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Chatwood has been one of the better pitching performers for the Rockies this season, but he still looks overmatched with this Pirates offense. I like the Pirates to come away with another win in Colorado.