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Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Runline Pick

Time: 7:05 PM EST Saturday July 19, 2014 ROOT

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Pirates host the Colorado Rockies in a National League match up.

In their last games: The Pirates beat the Rockies 4-2 in yesterday’s Game 1 of this 3 games series.

In yesterday’s game the Pirates rallied for 2 runs in the 8th inning to get the 4-2 win.

Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Pirates are 4-1 in Charlie Morton’s last 5 home starts.

In the last 5 games between these 2 teams in Pittsburgh the Over record is 4-0-1.

Pitching Match Up
Colorado: Brett Anderson (0-3, 4.95 ERA)
Pittsburgh: Charlie Morton (5-9, 3.32 ERA)

Betting Odds

Money Line: Rockies +153 / Pirates -163
Run Line: Pittsburgh -1.5 +145
Total Line: 7.5 Under

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Colorado Rockies: 40-55 SU / O/U 50-37 / Run Line W/L 50-45
Pittsburgh Pirates: 49-46 SU / O/U 44-44 / Run Line W/L 51-44

Key Betting Trends
• COL is 31-66 in their last 97 road games.
• COL is 8-23 in their last 31 games as an underdog.
• COL has an Over record of 10-3-2 in their last 15 road games.
• PITT is 2-5 in their last 7 overall.
• PITT is 6-1 in their last 7 home games.
• PITT has an Over record of 4-0 in their last 4 games.

Key Player Injuries

Christian Bergman Fractured left thumb – out 6-8 weeks on 60-day DL(6/21)
Eddie Butler Right rotator cuff inflammation on 15-day DL(6/7)
Jhoulys Chacin Right shoulder inflammation on 60-day DL(6/29)
Tyler Chatwood Right elbow tightness on 60-day DL(4/30)
Michael Cuddyer Strained left shoulder on 60-day DL(6/6)
Jordan Lyles Fractured left hand on 60-day DL(6/5)
Nick Masset Strained left knee on 15-day DL(7/6)

Clint Barmes Left groin strain on 15-day DL(6/30)
Gerrit Cole Right lat soreness on 15-day DL(7/5)

Runline Pick:

The Pirates have the pitching edge with Charlie Morton pitching 5 QS in his last 7 starts overall and a sparkling 2.13 home ERA. Brett Anderson started the season well before an injury sidelined him. If his return start was any indication a 5 inning 6 run outing, he may need some time to return to form. We don’t take many home teams on the run line, but the home team has won the last 6 in this matchup and it doesn’t hurt that the Pirates are an impressive 30-20 at home. So that covers the win angle and the poor return by Anderson makes the runline a logical option.
Take the Pittsburgh Pirates -1.5 +145.

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