Pirates in Rockies
Thursday, 8:40 p.m. ET
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We previewed just two of Pittsburgh’s early-week games in Philadelphia and moved also the complete at one and 3-0 on them the moneyline in both. Let’s just cut to the chase and say we will pick against the Pirates again on Thursday since they start a four-game series in the thin air of Denver against the Colorado Rockies.
By April 16-18, the Rockies visited Pittsburgh and won two . Both groups were back then. Now both are likely to finish there and last in their respective divisions.
Perennial Rockies NL MVP candidate and third baseman Nolan Arenado needed a massive series versus the Bucs in going 6-for-13 with a double and 2 runs scored. Ian Desmond and Daniel Murphy were each 4-for-10, with five being homered and rapping in by Murphy.
Pittsburgh was led from the show from Josh Bell, that had been 5-for-12 with just 2 homers, four runs and three RBIs scored. Stellar rookie Bryan Reynolds had been 2-for-6 having a homer and four RBIs.
Reynolds is battling to become the first rookie ever to win an NL batting title (it has occurred twice in the American League). The club rookie record for doubles in a single season is held by Paul Waner with 35 at 1926 and this should be broken by Reynolds.
Colorado is well below .500 overall but has a winning record at Coors Field. However, final year the Rockies are only this past decade from the Pirates and dropped two of three. The Rox haven’t swept a home series vs. Pittsburgh because 2013 and were swept in 2015.
The Rockies are rather thin now with outfielder David Dahl and beginning Kyle Freeland, Jon Gray, along with pitchers German Marquez all on the list. Gray is completed for the year and Marquez is.