Pirates vs Rockies Prediction - MLB Picks 4/17/23

Colorado Rockies (5-11) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (9-7)

Game Info: Monday, April 17, 2023 at 8:40 pm (Coors Field)

Kyle Freeland (2-0) (0.96) vs Rich Hill (0-2) (7.20)

Betting Odds: Colorado Rockies -150 / Pittsburgh Pirates +125 --- Over/Under: 11.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates will play the Colorado Rockies in Game 1 of their series on Monday night at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.

Pirates Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 9-7 this season and they have alternated wins and losses over their last 10 games. Pittsburgh is coming off of a series split against St. Louis, where both teams won two games. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 4.29 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a .254 opponent batting average this season. The Pirates offense has scored 66 runs with a .234 batting average and a .315 on base percentage. Bryan Reynolds is batting .317 with five home runs and 15 RBI’s for the Pirates. The projected starting pitcher for Pittsburgh is Rich Hill, who is 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 15.0 innings pitched this year. 

Rockies Preview

The Colorado Rockies are 5-11 this season and they have lost five games in a row. Colorado is coming off of a series loss against Seattle, where they lost all three games played. The Colorado pitching staff has a 4.99 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP, and a .259 opponent batting average. The Rockies offense has scored 63 runs with a .253 batting average and a .304 on base percentage this year. Elias Diaz is batting .362 with two home runs and eight RBI’s for the Rockies. The projected starting pitcher for Colorado is Kyle Freeland, who is 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP over 18.2 innings pitched this year. 


Pittsburgh is 4-1 in their last 5 game one’s of a series and 0-4 in their last 4 games against the NL West. The over is 4-1-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 6 Monday games. Colorado is 4-11 in their last 15 home games and 9-23 in their last 32 games. The under is 9-2-1 in Colorado’s last 12 Monday games. The under is 11-2 in these two teams last 13 head to head meetings.


Pittsburgh comes into this game with a winning record, but they will have Rich Hill on the mound. Hill has not been very good this year and has allowed 12 runs over 15 innings pitched so far this season. The Rockies will start Kyle Freeland, who has allowed two earned runs over 18.2 innings pitched this year. Colorado has hit the ball fairly well so far this season, but their pitching has let them down. I think Freeland will provide them with some stability and I like the Rockies to get the home win. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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