Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chad Kuhl throwing a pitch

May 17, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chad Kuhl (41) pitches in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

  • The Pirates are -124 home favorites over the Rockies on Monday night
  • Chad Kuhl (3-2, 3.86) will start for Colorado against JT Brubaker (0-4, 5.50)
  • The Rockies vs Pirates odds can be found below with a pick for the game

Two struggling teams begin a three-game series as the Colorado Rockies visit the Pittsburgh Pirates at 6:35 p.m. ET Monday at PNC Park.

The Rockies (19-21/5-10 road) have lost 10 of their last 13 games, including being blanked 2-0 by the New York Mets on Sunday at home.

The Pirates (16-24/9-13 home) were swept at home by the St. Louis Cardinals in a three-game weekend series and got routed 18-4 on Sunday. Pittsburgh has also lost five of its last six games.

Rockies vs Pirates Odds

Team Moneyline Runline Total
Colorado Rockies +107 +1.5 (-205) Over 8.5 (-106)
Pittsburgh Pirates -124 -1.5 (+163) Under 8.5 (-113)

Odds as of May 22nd at Barstool Sportsbook.

 

 

The Pirates are -124 favorites, giving them a 55.36% implied win probability. Both are longshots in the World Series odds with Colorado listed at +40000 and the Pirates at +100000.

It is expected to be 67 degrees at first pitch, according to the weather forecasters, with mostly cloudy skies and calm wind. The low temperature is expected to be 51.

Colorado vs Pittsburgh Probable Pitchers

Chad Kuhl (3-2, 3.86) will pitch for Colorado against JT Brubaker (0-4, 5.50). Both will be pitching on five days of rest.

Kuhl vs Brubaker

3-2 Record 0-4
3.86 ERA 5.50
3.49 xERA 3.61
1.18 WHIP 1.42
2.31 SO/W 2.26

Kuhl will be the facing the Pirates the first time in his career after spending the first five seasons with Pittsburgh. He was released in the offseason.

Kuhl has lost his last two starts, including getting tagged for six runs (five earned) and eight hits in three innings by the San Francisco Giants last Tuesday at home. He had one walk and no strikeouts.

At PNC Park, Kuhl has a 17-13 career record and 4.15 ERA in 51 games (42 starts). He is 1-1 with a 3.43 ERA in four road starts this season and 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in five starts at night.

Brubaker has yet to record a win and has lost his past two starts. Against the Cubs last Tuesday in Chicago, he worked 5.2 innings and was charged with six runs (four earned) while allowing six hits, striking out 10 and walking three.

In his lone career start against the Rockies, Brubaker pitched six scoreless innings last season for a win in Pittsburgh.

Brubaker has an 0-1 record and 5.63 ERA in three starts at home this season. He is 0-3 at night with a 5.40 ERA in five starts.

The Rockies’ Kris Bryant is hitless in six career at-bats against Brubaker, who hasn’t notched a win since last Aug. 24.

Rockies vs Pirates Betting Outlook

The Rockies were shut out on six hits, all singles, by the Mets on Sunday. It was the first time they were blanked at home since 2020. Brendan Rodgers had two hits.

Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon is likely to return to the lineup after being rested Sunday.

The Pirates’ offense Sunday was limited to a solo home run by Yoshi Tsutsugo and a three-run blast by rookie Jack Suwinski. Both came off star catcher Yadier Molina, who pitched the ninth inning and protected an 18-0 lead in the first mound appearance of his 19-year career.

Pirates designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach is questionable after missing three straight games with a lower-body injury.

This is the first meeting of the year between the teams after the Rockies won the season series 4-2 in 2021. Blackmon led the way by hitting .381 (8 for 21) with two doubles and two triples.

COL vs PIT Last 10 MLB Games

Date Home Team Away Team Score
6/30/21 Rockies Pirates COL, 6-2
6/29/21 Rockies Pirates COL, 8-0
6/28/21 Rockies Pirates COL, 2-0
5/30/21 Pirates Rockies COL, 4-3
5/29/21 (2) Pirates Rockies PIT, 4-0
5/29/21 (1) Pirates Rockies PIT, 7-0
9/1/19 Rockies Pirates PIT, 6-2
8/31/19 Rockies Pirates PIT, 11-4
8/30/19 Rockies Pirates PIT, 9-4
8/29/19 Rockies Pirates PIT, 11-8

Rockies vs Pirates Prediction

Kuhl has plenty of motivation to beat the Pirates but has struggled his last two times out. Meanwhile, Brubaker has pitched better than his surface stats suggest and is due for a better outcome.

Pick: Pirates ML (-124)

 

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