The Pittsburgh Pirates made the Rockies look like a team playing for nothing last night. The Pirates blew the Rockies out by a score of 10-2 at Coors Field Tuesday evening. In the NL West, it’s the Dodgers and Diamondbacks trading the top spot, and then behind them stalking are the Rockies. They’re 2.5 back at the moment, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but they have two very good teams ahead of them.
With that noted, 2.5 games feels like more considering the Diamondbacks and Dodgers are in front leading the way. That’s not to say the Rockies are out of anything. They have a quick strike offense that can get hot in a hurry. They have one of the most feared hitters in the division, Nolan Noreando. What they don’t have is an ace like Greinke or Kershaw. They don’t have a Maeda or Rich Hill either.
Chad Bettis got punished last night, as the Pirates scored 9 earned runs off him in 4.2 innings. Bettis has benefited from getting strong run support this season. He had an ERA of 5.10 with a record of 5-1. To put things in perspective, Jacob deGrom who is the leading candidate for the Cy Young, has a record of 5-7 thanks to an anemic offense.
Put deGrom on the Rockies and his win total would skyrocket. The Rockies will go with German Marquez to try and clean up the mess from Tuesday. Pittsburgh is slated to counter with new acquisition, Chris Archer. Archer will be making his second start with the Pirates since coming over from Tampa. 5 games behind the Braves for the final wildcard, they have an outside shot of finding their way in the postseason. Get our free Pirates vs. Rockies pick below.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies Pick
Chris Archer (3-5, 4.40 ERA) vs. German Marquez (9-8, 4.70 ERA)
It’s been what I perceive to be a rather underwhelming career for Chris Archer. He was expected to be elite pitcher, and between 2013-2015 he was a great asset. Elite? Archer never had a year below 3.00 despite consistent numbers around that mark, so I wouldn’t call him elite. However, he was expected to develop into a Cy Young candidate. That never happened, as Archer regressed ever year since then, topping the 4.00 ERA mark each season. Overrated? I wouldn’t argue with you if you want to say that. A lot of people like to bill him as an ace, yet he hasn’t had an ERA under 4.00 since 2015. Archer was taken for 7 hits and 3 earned runs in his debut. He exited with an ERA of 6.23, 2.54 WHIP, and .480 OBA.
Despite the pedestrian numbers for Marquez, he’s settled in to be a pretty reliable member of the rotation in Denver. He went on a pretty brutal stretch where he couldn’t figure anything out, but Marquez has been pitching well since the end of June. Marquez has allowed more than 2 runs only once, which came against the Diamondbacks in a wild 11-10 win. Otherwise, he was holding some good offenses down, including the Dodgers, Athletics, and Brewers. Marquez had a couple of horrid outings near the beginning of the season to skew his Coors Field numbers up, but he allowed an average of 5 hits and 2 runs in his last two home starts. Following a pitiful effort on Tuesday, the Rockies should be able to get a win back this afternoon.