Jamie Moyer: Colorado Rockies SP Could Face Frigid Temperatures in Pittsburgh

Jeff GrantContributor IApril 23, 2012

DENVER, CO - APRIL 17:  Starting pitcher Jamie Moyer #50 of the Colorado Rockies gestures as he works against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on April 17, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Moyer became the oldest player in the major leagues to record a win as the Rockies defeated the Padres 5-3.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Colorado Rockies (8-7) and Pittsburgh Pirates (6-9) will open up a three-game National League series on Monday night at PNC Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 ET.

Las Vegas oddsmakers have established the Pirates as minus-115 home favorites, while the total stands at 7.5 across the board.

Colorado started its six-game road trip by winning two of three against the Milwaukee Brewers, including a 4-1 victory on Sunday afternoon. The Rockies managed to plate four runs in each of those contests.

Jamie Moyer (1-2, 2.55 ERA) will look to string together two wins in a row, coming off a 5-3 home victory over the San Diego Padres on April 17. The left-hander became the oldest pitcher in Major League history to register a victory in the effort.

In 16 lifetime appearances (14 starts) versus the Pirates, Moyer has registered a losing 5-7 record and 4.97 ERA, including a 1-2 mark and 5.06 ERA in three starts at PNC Park.

The Rockies are 16-37 in their last 53 games as a road underdog, while going "under" the total in five of their last seven games overall.

Pittsburgh is 1-4 when facing southpaws this season, and enters this series ranking last in the Majors with a .202 batting average. The Pirates managed to scratch across just four combined runs in dropping two of three home games to the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend.

Kevin Correia (1-0, 1.50 ERA) will make his first home start of the 2012 campaign, coming off a 4-1 road victory over the San Francisco Giants on April 15. He allowed one run and three hits in six frames in that effort, but wasn't able to go on his regular scheduled day on Saturday due to feeling pain in his side.

The Pirates right-hander will be making his 31st career appearance (13th start) versus the Rockies, entering with a losing 3-5 record and 4.57 ERA, including 7.2 scoreless frames in two outings (one start) last year.

Sports bettors will find that the Pirates are 0-5 in Correia's last five starts as a home favorite, while the "over" is 4-1 in that situation.

Weather forecasts are suggesting possible snow showers in the area and game-time temperatures in the mid-30s, which will likely cause this game to be postponed.