Pirates Appear to be an Early Consensus Play

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Don Shapiro
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While we have one capper on Colorado and two others on the Under 8.5, the Pittsburgh Pirates are emerging as a slight consensus play on Monday.   Legendary handicapper Al McMordie is among those backing the Pirates this day.


Pittsburgh comes in as a bit of a pricey -170 home favorite with Mitch Keller starting for the Pirates and Kyle Freeland for Colorado.

The Pirates are among the biggest surprises early on this MLB season with their 20-15 record, however, they are currently on a seven game slide.

Colorado might be just what the doctor ordered as they have won a mere fourteen games this season thus far.

The Pirates batters have been superb against Freeland, going 21 for 69 at bats. Carlos Santana though is 0 for 6. 

Freeland went five scoreless innings on Wednesday in a win over the Brewers and before that had a quality start.

Keller is 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA.  He was charged with five runs (one earned) over five innings against the Rays on Wednesday.

Unfortunately, the Rockies batters have been pretty good against him historically.   They are 18 of 57 (.316) but do only have one home run against him courtesy of Mike Moustakas.  He's 5 for 12 against Keller but is hitting .240 this season.

The Rockies are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings but are 6-1 in their last 7 overall.  Those were against solid teams at home: The Mets and Brewers. The Rockies are 5-1 in their last 6 when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game.

The Pirates are 9-1 in their last 10 vs. a team with a losing record.

World Series 2023 Betting Odds

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Rot     Odds to win 2023 World Series     Moneyline
801     Atlanta Braves         +600
802     Houston Astros         +750
803     Los Angeles Dodgers         +850
804     Tampa Bay Rays         +850
805     New York Yankees         +1100
806     San Diego Padres         +1000
807     New York Mets         +1100
808     Toronto Blue Jays         +1200
809     Milwaukee Brewers         +2000
810     Minnesota Twins         +2000
811     Philadelphia Phillies         +2500
812     Texas Rangers         +2800
813     St. Louis Cardinals         +3300
814     Los Angeles Angels         +3300
815     Seattle Mariners         +3300
816     Cleveland Guardians         +4000
817     San Francisco Giants         +7000
818     Pittsburgh Pirates         +8000
819     Baltimore Orioles         +6000
820     Miami Marlins         +10000
821     Chicago Cubs         +8000
822     Boston Red Sox         +6000
823     Chicago White Sox         +10000
824     Arizona Diamondbacks         +10000
825     Detroit Tigers         +30000
826     Cincinnati Reds         +50000
827     Kansas City Royals         +50000
828     Colorado Rockies         +100000
829     Washington Nationals         +100000
830     Oakland Athletics         +100000

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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