The Colorado Rockies and the Pittsburgh Pirates will wrap up a three-game series Thursday afternoon from PNC Park. The Rockies will give the starting call to 24-year old right-hander Antonio Senzatela, and the Pirates will turn to 28-year old right-hander Jordan Lyles. The Rockies blanked the Pirates by a 5-0 score on Tuesday night. The Rockies lead the season series 2-0.
Senzatela Receives No Run Support in Tough Loss
Antonio Senzatela will get the nod for the eighth time of the year, targeting his second win of the month. Senzatela was terrific in his previous performance, holding a strong Phillies’ lineup to just one run in five innings, however, he received no run support and was charged with the loss. The 6-foot-1 right-hander hasn’t been pitching deep into games, logging six innings in just one out of his last four starts, and he is carrying a 4.89 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP paired with a 3-3 record in 38.2 innings of work. Senzatela has tossed one scoreless inning in his limited career action against the Pirates.
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— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 21, 2019
Charlie Blackmon remains the Rockies’ most consistent hitter, launching another five home runs along with eight RBI’s in his last eight games. The 32-year old centerfielder owns a dazzling 1.196 OPS on the month, and he is hitting .302 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI’s on the season. Blackmon went 7 for 20 with two RBI’s against the Pirates last season, and he went 3 for 5 with two RBI’s in Tuesday’s win.
The Rockies stand ninth in the big leagues with an average of 5.04 runs per game. The Colorado pitching ranks near the bottom in many categories, and they own a 4.90 team ERA, pegging them 23rd overall. The Rockies hold a 12-14 road record entering Wednesday.
Lyles Silences Padres, Seeks Third Consecutive Victory
Jordan Lyles will make his ninth start of the year, hunting for his third straight victory. Lyles continued his excellence in his previous start, holding the Padres to just one run in seven innings in another win to lift his record to 4-1. The 6-foot-4 right-hander is having a spectacular season, allowing only one run in each of his last three starts, and he has boosted his ERA to 1.97 accompanied with a 1.05 WHIP in 45.2 innings pitched. Lyles owns subpar career stats against the Rockies, going 1-3 with a 4.86 ERA in 37 innings. Charlie Blackmon is 1 for 7 against Lyles, while Trevor Story is 3 for 10, and Nolan Arenado is 3 for 12.
— Pirates (@Pirates) May 20, 2019
Watch for Pirates slugger Josh Bell in this one. The fourth-year first baseman is the hottest hitter in all of baseball, belting five home runs along with a stunning 16 RBI’s in his last 10 games. Bell has boosted his average to .325 to go with 14 homers, and he is tied for the MLB lead with 44 RBI’s. Bell went 2 for 17 with four RBI’s against the Rockies last season, and he is 0 for 4 in this series.
The Pirates are swinging the bats well, and they are currently averaging 3.76 runs, ranking them 27th overall. The Pittsburgh pitching staff stands in the middle of the pack at 15th overall with a 4.24 team ERA. The Pirates are 9-10 at PNC Park entering Wednesday.
The Colorado Rockies are:
- 1-4 in Senzatela’s last 5 Thursday starts.
- 1-5 in Senzatela’s last 6 starts against the NL Central.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games overall.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are:
- 4-0 in Lyles’ last 4 starts.
- 16-6 in their last 22 home games against a team with a losing road record.
- 10-4 in their last 14 games against a right-handed starter.