Colorado Rockies vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction MLB Picks 5/3/24

Pittsburgh Pirates (14-18) vs Colorado Rockies (7-24)

Game Info: Friday, May 3, 2024 at 6:40 pm (PNC Park)

Martin Perez (1-1) (2.86) vs Cal Quantrill (0-3) (5.34)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates -185 / Colorado Rockies +155 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a Colorado Rockies vs Pittsburgh Pirates prediction for this MLB game on Friday, May 3rd at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. To formulate this prediction for game one in the series, we will examine:

  • The Rockies recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Pirates recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Colorado
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Pittsburgh
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Colorado and Pittsburgh
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Colorado and Pittsburgh

Rockies are Lost 

The Colorado Rockies are 7-24 this season and they have lost five games in a row. Colorado is coming off of a series loss against the Marlins, where they lost all three games by scores of 7-6, 4-1, and 5-4. Prior to that series, the Rockies lost both games against the Astros and split a four game set with the Padres. Colorado is already 12 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West and they have the worst pitching staff in baseball. 

The Colorado pitching staff has a 5.92 ERA, a 1.61 WHIP, and a .292 opponent batting average. The Rockies offense has scored 117 runs with a .238 batting average and a .304 on base percentage. Ryan McMahon is batting .316 with four home runs and 18 RBI’s for the Rockies this year. Colorado’s offense has had some issues, but their pitching staff has been a disaster. The Rockies have allowed at least five runs in six straight games. 

Pirates Still Can’t Score Runs 

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 14-18 this year and they have lost four games in a row and seven of their last eight. Pittsburgh is coming off of a series loss to Oakland, where they lost all three games by scores of 5-1, 5-2, and 4-0. Prior to that series, the Pirates lost two out of three against the Giants and split a four game set with the Brewers. Pittsburgh is last in the NL Central and they are six games behind Milwaukee.

The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 3.80 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a .228 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 118 runs with a .227 batting average and a .311 on base percentage. Bryan Reynolds is batting .248 with four home runs and 17 RBI’s for the Pirates this year. The Pirates have scored two runs or fewer in five of their last six games. 

Starting Pitchers

The projected starting pitcher for Colorado is Cal Quantrill, who is 0-3 with a 5.34 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP over 32.0 innings pitched this year. Quantrill allowed six earned runs against Houston in his last start, but he has allowed there earned runs or fewer in three of his last four. The projected starting pitcher for Pittsburgh is Martin Perez, who is 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP over 34.2 innings pitched this year. Perez has allowed three earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts. 

Pittsburgh Pirates Player Prop Facts

  • Andrew McCutchen has hit a home run in each of his last three appearances against the Rockies after not playing the previous day.
  • Andrew McCutchen has recorded at least one RBI in each of his last four appearances against the Rockies after not playing the previous day.
  • Oneil Cruz has recorded two or more total bases in each of his last four home appearances against NL opponents that held a losing record.
  • Martin Perez has recorded six or more strikeouts in each of his three previous appearances with the Pirates as favorites.
  • Oneil Cruz has scored at least one run in seven of his last eight home appearances against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Andrew McCutchen has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 12 home appearances against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Andrew McCutchen has recorded at least one Single in eight of his last nine home appearances against NL West opponents.
  • Oneil Cruz has recorded a Double in three of his last four appearances with the Pirates as home favorites against NL opponents.

Colorado Rockies Player Prop Facts

  • Ezequiel Tovar has hit a home run in each of the Rockies' last three Friday games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Ryan McMahon has scored at least one run in each of his last four appearances in night games against NL Central teams that held a losing record.
  • Charlie Blackmon has recorded at least one hit in each of his last nine appearances in night games against NL Central teams that held a losing record.
  • Elias Diaz has recorded at least one Single in each of the Rockies' last nine Friday games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Brendan Rodgers has recorded at least one total base in each of his last six appearances against the Pirates.
  • Jacob Stallings has recorded at least one RBI in each of his last three road appearances against NL opponents that held a losing record.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates rank 28th in the league for slugging percentage this season (.335).
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates rank 3rd in the league for walks this season (130).
  • The Colorado Rockies rank 30th in the league for steals this season (11).
  • The Colorado Rockies rank 30th in the league for ERA this season (5.93).

Colorado Rockies vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction 

Colorado comes into this game looking to find some positive momentum, but they are just 2-14 on the road this year. The Pirates started the season playing well, but they have really struggled to score runs in recent games. Both teams are struggling offensively, but Pittsburgh has a huge advantage with their pitching staff. The Rockies have the worst team ERA in the MLB and I don’t believe in Quantrill. On the other side, Martin Perez has been solid for the Pirates this year. My Colorado Rockies vs Pittsburgh Pirates prediction is for the Pirates to win and cover the -1.5. 

David’s Pick Pirates -1.5

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