User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Soccer
Golf
Auto
Horses
More
Betting Tools
 
Preview: Pirates (81-70) at Rockies (62-89)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Coors Field
Date: July 27, 2014 4:10 PM EDT
  

The Colorado Rockies are hitting like the team that looked like a potential contender early in the season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates are hitting like the team that started at a slow crawl.

A short-handed Colorado lineup will attempt to continue an offensive surge Sunday while seeking a fourth straight win and a three-game home sweep of the Pirates.

The Rockies (43-60), playing without Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Morneau besides the extended absence of Michael Cuddyer, have strung together a season-best five straight games with 10 or more hits after managing 14 in Saturday's 8-1 win. Carlos Gonzalez also missed the game due to an ankle injury, but shortstop fill-in Josh Rutledge and third baseman Nolan Arenado each turned in 3-for-5 efforts.

Advertisement

Rutledge has seven RBIs in this series, four straight multihit contests and a .448 average in seven games since replacing Tulowitzki on July 19. Arenado homered for the second time in four games and has six RBIs over his last five.

The Colorado bullpen matched a season-worst stretch of 11 games of giving up at least one earned run, but the starting pitching continued to impress with a second straight scoreless effort. Colorado's starters have a 2.29 ERA since the All-Star break.

"We've got a little bit of a roll going here," said starter Tyler Matzek, who allowed three hits in seven innings Saturday. "There's a good energy going on in the locker room and it starts with the starting pitchers."

The latest victory was their fifth straight home win over the Pirates (54-49), who have nine hits and two runs through two games of this series. The struggles come just a week after sweeping the Rockies in three games in Pittsburgh.

"They've pitched it better than us. They've hit it better than us. They've fielded it better than us the last two nights," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

Edinson Volquez will be entrusted with slowing the Rockies.

Volquez (8-7, 3.86 ERA) had a four-start winning streak snapped in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The right-hander surrendered five runs and a season-high 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings.

He hopes to be back in a normal routine after going 10 days between his last two starts.

"Yeah, too many days between starts," Volquez told MLB's official website. "It made pitching against a team like that really tough. Everything was up. I couldn't execute my breaking ball."

He hasn't been able to execute much of anything when facing the Rockies in recent years, going 0-6 with a 12.00 ERA in his last seven starts against them.

Volquez won't miss Gonzalez if he has to sit out again, considering the outfielder is 10 for 19 with two triples and three doubles in their matchups. Wilin Rosario is 8 for 20 with two homers against Volquez while Rutledge and Arenado are a combined 8 for 17.

The Rockies have gotten some strong work out of Franklin Morales in three July starts since putting him back into the rotation. The left-hander is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in those outings after compiling a 6.13 ERA in 11 starts through the end of May.

Even so, Morales (5-5, 5.21) yielded four runs while matching a season high with nine hits allowed in Monday's 7-2 loss to Washington. The damage was confined to a four-run fourth inning.

"Other than that, he threw the ball well," manager Walt Weiss said.

Morales, whose only start against Pittsburgh came in 2007, has held the Pirates' current roster to 4 for 18. Russell Martin has three of those hits in eight at_bats with a home run.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Pirates at Rockies
Fri, Jul 25 Final 1 to 8
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Pirates at Rockies
Sat, Jul 26 Final 1 to 8
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Pirates at Rockies
Sun, Jul 27 Final 7 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 PIT  -116   +130   10.5 
 COL  +106   -150   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 PIT  -123   +120   10.5 
 COL  +113   -140   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 PIT  75%   23%   56% 
 COL  25%   77%   44% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 26, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 1 Under: 9 
 COL 8 Cover: +102 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Jul 25, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 1 Under: 9 
 COL 8 Cover: +103 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Jul 20, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 3 Over: 8 
 PIT 5 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Jul 19, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 2 Under: 5 
 PIT 3 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Jul 18, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 2 Under: 6 
 PIT 4 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps

 MLB PREVIEWS
 Sunday, Jul 27
 
    Blue Jays at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Reds
1:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Phillies
1:35 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Rays
1:40 PM EDT
    Indians at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
    Mets at Brewers
2:10 PM EDT
    White Sox at Twins
2:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Tigers at Angels
3:35 PM EDT
    Orioles at Mariners
4:10 PM EDT
    Pirates at Rockies
4:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Braves
5:05 PM EDT
    Athletics at Rangers
7:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Giants
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy NFL Perfect Lineup Contest