Rockies vs. Pirates Prediction
After picking up a series-opening win on Monday, will the Colorado Rockies manage another road victory on Tuesday when they face the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:05PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
7:05PM ET, PNC Park
TV: ATRM; ATPT
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Pirates are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -140 to win tonight. The Rockies have odds of +120 on the road. Currently, 53% of the wagers are going on the Rockies on the road today. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Rockies winning on the road
Colorado picked up a 6-2 win at Pittsburgh on Monday to open the series, giving the Rockies their fifth win in six games. Four of those wins have come on the road as they are now 8-4 on the road in 2018. Colorado is also 10-8 overall. The Rockies are putting up 4.00 runs per game thus far while allowing 4.33 per game.
Chad Bettis gets the start tonight and he is making his fourth start of 2018. He is 2-0, while the Rockies have won all three of his starts. Through 17.2 innings, Bettis has allowed just four earned runs with 12 strikeouts and eight walks. He has a 2.04 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.
Pirates stumbling at home
After a six-game road trip, the Pirates returned home on Monday and suffered a 6-2 loss to the Rockies. Pittsburgh is now just 4-3 at home on the season with an 11-5 record overall. The Pirates are averaging 5.56 runs at the plate this season, but allowing 4.62 per contest.
Despite poor pitching numbers as a staff, today’s start Trevor Williams has been strong on the mound. He is 3-0 through three starts with a 1.56 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Williams has allowed just three earned runs over 17.1 innings and has 10 strikeouts with seven walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Rockies have now won six of their last seven road games and they have also won 23 of Bettis’ last 32 starts. Colorado has also won four of its last five against a right-handed starter.
Pittsburgh has won its last five games following a loss and they are 5-1 in their last six against a winning team. They also have won five straight after scoring two runs or less in their previous outing.
This looks to be a pretty good pitching outing, but the difference for me is that Pittsburgh’s hitting is averaging 1.5 runs more per game. Their hitting is more likely to come through most nights and they have yet to drop back-to-back games this season. I think Williams leads them to another win.
The Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates -140