MLB Pirates vs. Rockies Picks & Predictions for August 9, 2013 Print
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DENVER, CO (ATS Consultants) - The red-hot Pirates will look to win their fifth straight game tonight when they visit the Rockies at 8:40PM ET.

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ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Pirates are -140 money line favorites over the Rockies, who are +129 on the ML. The total, meanwhile, is sitting at 8.5 runs with Francisco Lirano set to face Jorge De La Rosa in the pitching matchup.

LINE MOVEMENT: The Pirates opened as -130 money line favorites but their odds have been bet up to -140, while the Rockies' odds have gone from +120 up to +129. Pittsburgh enters play with a 70-44 overall record and is 29-24 on the road, while Colorado is 52-64 overall and 31-26 at home.

PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 79% of the betting public currently favors Pittsburgh. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most updated numbers.

MLB FREE PICK: Take Pittsburgh. According to latest MLB trends, Pittsburgh is 5-0 last 5 as a favorite, 7-1 in Liriano's last eight starts, 4-1 last five in series vs. Rockies and 20-7 last 27 following a win. Colorado is 7-20 last 27 when their opponent scores five runs or more in their previous game, 2-7 last 9 home games with the total set at 7.0-8.5 and 0-5 last 5 overall.

Pittsburgh (-182) over Colorado, 5-1. Pittsburgh (70-44, 29-24 road, 48-62 O/U) is up four games over St. Louis in the National League Central after edging Miami in extra innings last night. The Pirates send lefty Francisco Liriano to the mound against Jorge De La Rosa (10-6, 3.31 ERA). Liriano (12-4, 2.02 ERA) has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this year. He's won seven of his last eight starts and allowed just five runs combined in those wins. Left-handers just don't hit Liriano as they are hitting g just .117 against him this year. He is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA against Colorado in two starts. De La Rosa allowed three runs in four innings in his last start. He is 3-3 with a 4.24 ERA in his last 12 appearances against the Pirates (eight starts). The Rockies have lost five straight games. The Pirates meet the Rockies from Coors Field in Denver at 8:40pmET on Friday night.

MLB FREE PICK: PITTSBURGH PIRATES -140

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