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2018 MLB Season
(10-8) Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (11-5)
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Time: 12:35 PM ET
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Projected Pitchers: Kyle Freeland vs. Chad Kuhl
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pirates -124 | Rockies +114
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Pirates -1.5 (+165)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
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Freeland wasn’t too efficient needing 104 pitches to make it through 4.2 innings in his last start against the Washington Nationals. He gave up one earned off of four hits while striking out four and walking three, while only inducing five ground balls.
He is at his best when he is inducing ground balls as he has a career 53.5% GB%, which assists him pitching in the elevated Coors Field. The purpose of the ground ball is to get easy outs and limit the long ball, but that hasn’t been the case so far as he owns a 2.25 HR/9 and a 22.2% HR/FB ratio. If he can get a hold of his command and limit the walks and long ball, then we should see a decline in his high 5.77 FIP.
Colorado’s lineup hasn’t been hitting the ball well in the last week owning a slash line of .194/.246/.365, but have been able to smack 17 extra-base hits and 27 RBI. They’ve done an all right job collecting 57 walks, but strikeout a ton ranking 4th in strikeouts with 168.
Kuhl got rocked in his last start against the Miami Marlins going five innings giving up four earned off of 11 hits while only striking out two and walking one. Hits have been a problem for Kuhl as he has given up 24 hits in only 15 innings of work.
His stat line hasn’t been bad though as he owns a 7.47 K/9 compared to a 2.30 BB/9, while he is keeping the ball in the park with a 0.57 HR/9. The problem for Kuhl has been a very high BABIP of .426, so he has been unlucky, which is reflected in his FIP as even though he has an ERA of 5.74, he only has an FIP of 3.21.
Pittsburgh’s bats are starting to cool of as they are slashing .238/.303/.426 in the last week, but keep the extra-base hits coming in as they have 21 extra-base hits and 31 RBI. They have been solid at the plate owning a BB:K ratio of 57:112.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 9-4-1 in COL last 14 Wed. games.
- Under is 20-8-3 in Freelands last 31 on grass.
- PIT are 3-9 in their last 12 Wed. games.
- PIT are 8-3 in their last 11 home games.
- PIT are 13-5 in their last 18 overall.
Free Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction: Pittsburgh hits their way to victory
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: OVER 8.5
Kuhl has been pitching better than what his ERA would indicate, but he hasn’t pitched as well at home compared to on the road with a career home ERA of 5.00. Freeland doesn’t pitch as well on the road, while he doesn’t fare well against solid hitting teams, which is just what happens when you rely on the ground ball. Expect both these lineups to score runs.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Pirates 6 – Rockies 5
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