Rockies vs Pirates Prediction - MLB Picks 5/8/23

Pittsburgh Pirates (20-15) vs Colorado Rockies (14-21)

Game Info: Monday, May 8, 2023 at 6:35 pm (PNC Park)

Mitch Keller (3-1) (3.32) vs Kyle Freeland (3-3) (3.76)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates -175 / Colorado Rockies +145 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Colorado Rockies will play the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 1 of their series on Monday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Rockies Preview

The Colorado Rockies are 14-21 this season and they have won six of their last seven games. Colorado is coming off of a series win against the Mets, where they won two out of three games. The Colorado pitching staff has a 4.96 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP, and a .265 opponent batting average this year. The Rockies offense has scored 152 runs with a .257 batting average and a .322 on base percentage. Elias Diaz is batting .343 with three home runs and 18 RBI’s for the Rockies. The projected starting pitcher for Colorado is Kyle Freeland, who is 3-3 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over 38.1 innings pitched this season.

Pirates Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 20-15 this season and they have lost seven games in a row. Pittsburgh is coming off of a series loss to the Blue Jays, where they lost all three games. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 3.89 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP, and a .248 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 163 runs with a .249 batting average and a .328 on base percentage this season. Bryan Reynolds is batting .307 with five home runs and 23 RBI’s for the Pirates. The projected starting pitcher for Pittsburgh is Mitch Keller, who is 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 40.2 innings pitched this year. 

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Colorado is 6-1 in their last 7 games and 30-65 in their last 95 road games. The under is 5-0 in Colorado’s last 5 game one’s of a series. Pittsburgh is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the NL West and 17-39 in their last 56 Monday games. The over is 5-1-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 7 Monday games. The under is 12-4 in these two teams last 16 head to head meetings.


Pittsburgh comes into this matchup really struggling over the last week or so, while Colorado is playing some of their best baseball of the season. The Rockies do have a very elevated team ERA, so Pittsburgh’s offense should have a decent series. Colorado is starting Kyle Freeland, who started the season very strong, but has struggled in three of his last four starts. Pittsburgh is starting Mitch Keller, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts. I like the Pirates to get the home win. 

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