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Pittsburgh vs. Colorado,
09/01/2019 15:10 EDT,
Score: 6 - 2
Money Line: -112 Colorado
10* Colorado (3:10 ET): You don't see a road team sweeping a four-game series very often and of all the teams you'd think capable of pulling it off, the Pirates would (and should!) probably be near the bottom of the list. Especially at Coors Field no less! The Rockies' once-vaunted homefield edge seems to have disappaited some here in 2019 as they shockingly have gone just .500 (34-34) here at Coors. But I can't see them being swept this weekend, even though this series has clearly not gone well for them so far. I love this as a "sell high" spot on Pittsburgh, who has failed to win the L3 times they've been on a three-game win streak. In fact, they have just ONE win streak of more than three games since April!
It was months ago that I said you should sell on the Pirates, who were masquerading as a .500 team despite a poor run differential. I predicted they would sink to the bottom of the NL Central and that's exactly what's transpired as they've gone just 15-32 since the Break. Keep in mind that includes the three wins in this series. They usually give up a lot of runs, so I'm really quite shocked that Colorado's offense hasn't performed better in this series. Steven Brault will start Sunday's finale for the Bucs and while he's having a decent enough season, his 9.00 ERA in two previous appearances vs. the Rockies should definitely give some pause. The Bucs had lost six straight Brault starts before winning his last one, 5-4 at Philadelphia.
Jeff Hoffman has mainly been a "spot starter" for Colorado this year and admittedly most of those "spots" haven't gone well. Nor have the L10 games gone well for the Rockies as they're just 1-9 overall. But I still believe in the spot they're in Sunday, that being trying to avoid a 4-game sweep at home. As rough as things have been, Hoffman and the Rockies find a way to win today. 10* Colorado