Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies Pick – MLB July 15, 2022

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies converge at Coors Field for a three-game series. The Pirates are in the midst of a road trip following stops in Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Miami, and now Denver. This leads into the All-Star break and then welcoming the Marlins next weekend in Pittsburgh.

The Bucs aren’t ready to compete for the NL Central, but have made strides in the right direction. Third in the division, albeit at 38-52, has to be a success for the Pirates this season. They finished 61-101 and 34 games behind the Brewers last year.

BABY GAINS
This is all that the Pirates can ask for this season. The best-case scenario had to be finishing third ahead of the Cubs and Reds. Competing against the Cardinals and Brewers isn’t realistic yet.

They are coming off back-to-back losses versus the Miami Marlins at LoanDepot Park. It was a couple of tough 1-run losses, 5-4 and 3-2. Before that sequence, the Pirates were on a three-game winning streak.

It’s been that kind of season for the Pirates, which is progress over just losing all of the time.

The Rockies carry a record of 41-49 into this series following a successful four-game tilt against the Padres. They are on a three-game winning streak, including an 8-5 win yesterday afternoon.

They’re 18 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. The Rockies are not going to jump into the divisional race, but rather battle with the Diamondbacks to stay out of the basement.

The Pirates are scheduled to give veteran Jose Quintana the start at Coors Field. German Marquez counters at home for the Rockies.

Head below for our free Pirates vs. Rockies prediction on July 15, 2022.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies Live Betting Odds:

MLB Odds Courtesy of Bovada:
Team Spread Moneyline Total
Pittsburgh Pirates +1.5 (-145) +128 Over 11 (-110)
Colorado Rockies -1.5 (+125) -153 Under 11 (-110)
Team Data Pittsburgh Pirates Colorado Rockies
Overall Record 38-52 41-49
Away/Home Record 18-29 26-22
Batting Average .218 .257
Batting Average Away/Home .255 .281
Runs Per 9 3.72 4.64
Team ERA 4.63 4.95
Team ERA Away/Home 4.49 4.98

Pirates vs. Rockies Prediction:

Jose Quintana has done everything he can to be successful this season. You can’t expect too much more out of him.

Quintana is going into this one with an ERA of 3.59 and a 1.31 WHIP.

The lefty has been steady with an ERA of 3.52 and a 1.30 WHIP in his previous three starts through 16 innings. He didn’t look too great in his latest performance, though.

THE BATS SAVE QUINTANA
The offense came through to give Quintana a lift against the Brewers. Quintana allowed 6 hits and 4 earned runs in 4.1 innings, but the Bucs got the win, 8-6.

This Rockies team is tough to pitch against, but Quintana has handled them pretty well in his career. Note that this only includes hitters that are currently on the roster.

The Rockies are hitting .175 with no home runs vs Quintana in 74 at-bats.

Going to Coors Field isn’t an easy assignment. Quintana has had success holding the Rockies back, though. I don’t believe he gets out of this one mistake-free, but perhaps enough pushback to keep the Rockies contained.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies Betting Trends:

Pirates

  • Record (Last 10): 5-5
  • 5-2 overall in their previous seven games after a loss
  • 4-1 overall in their previous five games after scoring 2 or fewer runs
  • 4-1 overall in their previous five first game of a series
  • 15-7 overall in their previous 22 games at Colorado
  • UNDER is 9-1 in their previous ten games

Rockies

  • Record (Last 10): 6-4
  • 6-15 overall in their previous 21 first game of a series
  • 8-18 overall in their previous 26 game safer a win
  • 1-4 overall in their previous five games after their opponent scores 2 or fewer runs
  • 7-15 overall in their previous 22 games versus the Pirates at home
  • 5-1 overall in their previous six games at home

  • German Marquez takes to the bump with an ERA of 5.66 and a 1.47 WHIP this season. He has not been able to get fully comfortable, as the rocky run continues in 2022.

    He’s been particularly bad at Coors Field, where Marquez owns a 7.17 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 49.1 innings.

    Marquez carries a lowly ERA of 6.06 into tonight at home. The long ball was a big problem for him, with four allowed across 17 frames.

    He hasn’t been all that successful vs the Pirates in his career. Marquez has conceded 16 RBIs with 5 home runs across 129 at-bats. Expect Marquez to be hittable in this one.

    After a successful series against the Padres, expect some regression from the Rockies against the Bucs. They look ripe for a loss with Marquez on the hill at home. The Pirates at plus money looks like the only way to play this game for the value.

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