Pirates vs Rockies Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/3

Pirates vs Rockies Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/3

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MLB Preview and Prediction: Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Game Overview:

  • Date: May 3, 2024
  • Time: 3:40 PM
  • Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Line: PIT -190
  • Over/Under: 8.5


Team Breakdown:

Colorado Rockies:

The Colorado Rockies enter this game with a challenging season so far, with a record of 7-24 and struggling particularly on the road. Facing the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Rockies look to turn their fortunes around and secure a much-needed victory.

Pitching Analysis:

Cal Quantrill takes the mound for the Rockies with a winless record of 0-3 and an ERA of 5.34. Quantrill has faced difficulties this season, but he aims to deliver a strong performance and provide stability to the Rockies' pitching staff.

Batting Leaders:

  • Home Runs: Ryan McMahon (4 HR)
  • Batting Average: Ryan McMahon (.316 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Ryan McMahon (18 RBI)


Pittsburgh Pirates:

The Pittsburgh Pirates, with a record of 14-18, have also faced challenges this season but have shown resilience, especially at home. Hosting the Rockies, the Pirates aim to capitalize on their home-field advantage and secure a crucial win.

Pitching Analysis:

Martin Perez gets the start for the Pirates with a 1-1 record and an impressive ERA of 2.86. Perez has been a reliable presence on the mound, and he looks to continue his solid performances to help lead the Pirates to victory.

Batting Leaders:

  • Home Runs: Bryan Reynolds (4 HR)
  • Batting Average: Connor Joe (.283 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Bryan Reynolds (17 RBI)


Game Odds:

Team ML Total Spread
COL (7-24) +160 o8.5 +1.5 (-135)
PIT (14-18) -190 u8.5 -1.5 (+115)



In this matchup, we predict the Pittsburgh Pirates to win by a margin of at least 2 runs (-1.5). Here's why:

  • The Pirates have a more balanced team performance compared to the struggling Rockies, both offensively and defensively. With Martin Perez on the mound, who has been solid with a 2.86 ERA, the Pirates have a strong starting pitcher who can keep the Rockies' offense in check.
  • Considering the Rockies' struggles on the road and their inconsistent pitching, especially with Cal Quantrill having a 0-3 record and a high ERA of 5.34, the Pirates have a significant advantage in this matchup.
  • With a home-field advantage and facing a team with a poor away record like the Rockies, the Pirates are poised to capitalize on this opportunity and secure a comfortable win, potentially by a margin of more than 1.5 runs.

Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates -1.5

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