MLB Picks: Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IAugust 2, 2013

MLB Picks: Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

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    The Pittsburgh Pirates are 18-5 in their last 23 games as home favorites of minus-151 to minus-200, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks on Friday as they take on the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park.

    Courtesy of SBR Forum, the Pirates are minus-165 favorites in the pro baseball odds, with the betting total sitting at seven in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this National League matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

Colorado Rockies

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    The Colorado Rockies allowed 40 combined runs in suffering a four-game sweep to the Atlanta Braves, including an 11-2 setback as plus-196 road underdogs on Thursday.

    Rockies starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin is 1-3 with a 6.97 ERA in four career efforts against the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    The Pittsburgh Pirates were unable to complete a five-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, suffering a 13-0 blowout loss as minus-111 home favorites.

    Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole is allowing opposing hitters to bat .301 against him at PNC Park this season. 


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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Pittsburgh Pirates on the run line, as they've won 26 of their last 38 games following a loss.

    MLB Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates -1.5 (plus-140)

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