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Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Preview and Predictions 05-23-2019 in MLB


The Colorado Rockies try to salvage a .500 road trip when they seek a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday afternoon. Colorado (22-25) received a huge boost from its Nos. 6-8 hitters in Wednesday's 9-3 victory as center fielder Ian Desmond, rookie second baseman Brendan Rodgers and catcher Tony Wolters were a combined 7-for-15 with four RBIs and four runs scored.

Wolters (three-run homer Wednesday) has emerged as a force behind the plate in his fourth season, batting .294 after taking a .226 career average into 2019 and throwing out eight would-be base stealers with a caught stealing rate of 55.6 percent. Rodgers went 3-for-5 in his third career game as the third pick in the 2015 draft tries to fill the void left by D.J. LeMahieu, who left via free agency during the offseason. Pittsburgh (24-22) lost the momentum of a 7-4 road trip that it took into the series and is saddled with a minus-50 run differential - second-worst in the National League to Miami (minus-85). The Pirates' Jordan Lyles faces his former club Thursday while boasting a 1.97 ERA and opposes Antonio Senzatela, who is 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in two starts since suffering his worst outing of the season.

TV: 12:35 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies RH Antonio Senzatela (3-3, 4.89 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Jordan Lyles (4-1, 1.97)

Senzatela allowed two runs (one earned), five hits and four walks over five innings of a 2-1 loss at Philadelphia on May 18 after defeating San Diego (three runs, seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 frames) on May 12. The 24-year-old Venezuelan, who has a 1.45 WHIP and .277 batting average against, is part of a rotation that boasts a National League-high 5.42 ERA. Senzatela's only appearance against Pittsburgh came last season, when he pitched a scoreless inning of relief.



Lyles yielded one run in each of his last three starts and struck out a career-high 12 over seven innings of a 5-3 victory at San Diego on Friday. The 28-year-old South Carolina native, who was 13-16 with a 5.22 ERA in 105 games (37 starts) with Colorado in 2014-17, has 47 strikeouts against 32 hits and 16 walks - good for a 1.05 WHIP - across 45 2/3 innings this season while relying more on his curveball. Trevor Story, Nolan Arenado and Desmond have each homered while going a combined 9-for-36 versus Lyles, who is 1-3 with a 4.86 ERA in 11 games (five starts) against Colorado.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Rockies placed RHP Wade Davis on the 10-day injured list (left oblique) and recalled RHP Jairo Diaz, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday in his first major league appearance since 2017.

2. Pirates 1B Josh Bell on Wednesday hit a home run into the Allegheny River for the second time in two weeks, giving him two of the five splash hits since PNC Park opened in 2001.

3. Colorado 1B Daniel Murphy (.190) snapped a 17-game homerless drought with a three-run blast Wednesday.

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Last Injuries

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Rookie Davis

    Finger
    Ques Fri | 10-day IL

    Davis has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right middle finger blister. It is unclear if he will return in time for Friday's game against the Padres.

  • Jordan Lyles

    Hamstring
    Ques June 28 | 10-day IL

    Lyles is experiencing tightness in his left hamstring. He is on the 10-day injured list and it is unclear if he will be activated in time for the June 28 contest against the Brewers.

  • Keone Kela

    Shoulder
    Early July | 60-day IL

    Kela is experiencing lingering discomfort in his right shoulder and has been transferred to the 60-day injured list. He is not expected to return to the mound until at least the early part of July.

  • Trevor Williams

    Upper Body
    Prob Wed | probable

    Williams has been activated from the 10-day injured list after recovering from a right side strain and is expected to start against the Tigers on Wednesday.

  • Gregory Polanco

    Rest
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Polanco is unlikely to take the field against the Tigers on Tuesday due to a day of rest.

  • Lonnie Chisenhall

    Hand
    Mid July | 10-day IL

    Chisenhall fractured his right hand and has been transferred from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list after suffering a setback during his rehab stint. He is not expected to be activated until at least the middle of July.

  • Starling Marte

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Marte is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Marlins as he likely will be given the day to rest.

  • Gregory Polanco

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Polanco is not expected to play against the Braves on Wednesday due to a day of rest.

Colorado Rockies

  • Trevor Story

    Hand
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Story left the previous game with a jammed right thumb, and it is unclear if he will play Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

  • David Dahl

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Dahl is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Padres as he likely will be given the day to rest.

  • Daniel Murphy

    Undisclosed
    day-to-day | doubtful

    Murphy was scratched from Saturday's game against the Padres for undisclosed reasons.

  • Trevor Story

    Face
    day-to-day | questionable

    Story was forced from the previous game after taking a ground ball to the face, leaving his status for Saturday's contest against the Padres in question.

  • Seunghwan Oh

    Abdominal
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Oh is on the 10-day injured list with a left abdominal strain and will miss an extended period.

  • Nolan Arenado

    Rest
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Arenado is not expected to be in the starting lineup Friday against the Padres as he will be given the night to rest.

  • Nolan Arenado

    Forearm
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Arenado was forced from the previous game due to a left forearm contusion but is expected to draw back into the lineup against the Padres on Thursday.

  • Mike Dunn

    Shoulder
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Dunn has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from left shoulder inflammation. It is anticipated that he will be available against the Padres on Thursday.

pittsburgh-pirates Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Francisco Liriano 32 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Bryan Reynolds 53 43 177 31 64 15 2 6 26 101 0 41 1 .362 .571 .418
Alex McRae 4 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .333 .333 .333
Melky Cabrera 64 46 191 25 62 10 1 4 23 86 2 23 0 .325 .450 .361
Kevin Newman 47 36 158 16 50 10 2 2 20 70 4 24 1 .316 .443 .366
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Richard Rodriguez 34 0 91 23 1 32 9 3 18 0 0 1 15 584
Francisco Liriano 33 0 107 35 1 26 4 0 8 0 0 1 16 589
Felipe Vazquez 28 0 92 48 3 26 3 0 8 0 0 1 9 525
Kyle Crick 26 0 75 28 4 14 2 0 9 0 0 4 17 431
Michael Feliz 16 1 54 23 1 15 2 0 14 0 0 4 11 374
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Elias Diaz 43 33 0 19 6 3 0 2
Francisco Cervelli 34 32 0 15 6 2 0 5
Jacob Stallings 14 8 0 1 2 1 0 0
Adam Frazier 67 60 0 0 0 4 0 0
Bryan Reynolds 53 43 0 0 0 1 3 0

colorado-rockies Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Peter Lambert 3 3 6 0 3 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
Charlie Blackmon 57 57 254 51 86 18 6 16 47 164 2 46 2 .339 .646 .385
David Dahl 64 58 237 46 80 20 4 7 36 129 2 65 4 .338 .544 .385
Nolan Arenado 72 71 285 55 94 17 2 18 60 169 2 38 1 .330 .593 .387
Tony Wolters 51 47 160 25 49 10 1 1 20 64 0 25 1 .306 .400 .378
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Bryan Shaw 39 0 125 30 3 37 5 1 19 0 0 3 15 655
Carlos Estevez 35 0 102 41 1 36 7 0 19 0 0 0 12 581
Scott Oberg 30 0 102 32 0 19 2 1 7 0 0 1 14 543
Mike Dunn 28 0 53 15 0 17 4 0 14 0 0 0 6 302
Wade Davis 23 0 60 23 0 23 2 0 12 0 0 4 13 394
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Tony Wolters 51 47 0 18 10 0 0 2
Chris Iannetta 30 21 0 12 2 2 0 2
Tom Murphy 29 27 0 9 5 2 0 2
Brendan Rodgers 21 15 0 0 0 3 0 0
Carlos Estevez 32 0 0 0 0 1 0 0