Rockies try for series sweep over Pirates
Pittsburgh; Thursday, 12 p.m. EDT
LINE: Pirates favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Colorado will sweep the series over Pittsburgh with a win.
The Pirates are 9-11 in home games. The Pittsburgh pitching staff owns a team ERA of 4.47, Joe Musgrove leads the staff with a mark of 4.00.
The Rockies are 13-14 on the road. Colorado hitters have posted a team on-base percentage of .310 this season, led by Charlie Blackmon with a mark of .355. The Rockies won the last meeting 9-3. Jon Gray secured his fourth victory and Tony Wolters went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs for Colorado. Montana DuRapau took his first loss for Pittsburgh.
Nolan Arenado leads the Rockies with 35 RBIs and is batting .312. Blackmon is 14-for-45 with a double, a triple, five home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Colorado.
LAST 10 GAMES: Pirates: 5-5, .266 batting average, 5.38 ERA, outscored by 11 runs
Rockies: 5-5, .275 batting average, 3.84 ERA, outscored opponents by 19 runs
Pirates Injuries: Trevor Williams: 10-day IL (right side strain), Jameson Taillon: 60-day IL (elbow), Edgar Santana: 60-day IL (elbow), Chad Kuhl: 60-day IL (elbow), Keone Kela: 10-day IL (shoulder), Nick Burdi: 60-day IL (biceps), Corey Dickerson: 10-day IL (shoulder), Lonnie Chisenhall: 10-day IL (finger), Jung Ho Kang: 10-day IL (side), Erik Gonzalez: 60-day IL (collarbone), Francisco Cervelli: day-to-day (chest).
Rockies Injuries: Chris Rusin: 10-day IL (back), Harrison Musgrave: 10-day IL (elbow), Wade Davis: 10-day IL (left oblique strain), Tyler Anderson: 60-day IL (left knee chondral defect), Noel Cuevas: 10-day IL (quad).