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June 12, 2017

There is one pick today. 

Take Colorado Rockies (+124) on the ML against Pittsburgh Pirates risking 3% to win 3.72%.
(Freeland and Taillon must start for wager to have action)

The Colorado Rockies continue to be one of the surprise teams this season and head into this series with the Pittsburgh Pirates with the best record in the National League. The Rockies have long been known as a powerful hitting team, and while their offense is still their catalyst, it has been their quality pitching that has been one of the main reasons for their success.

Kyle Freeland will take the mound for the 13th time this season and is having an impressive rookie campaign as he comes into this matchup with a 7-3 record and respectable 3.21 ERA and 1.343 WHIP over 70 innings of work. Freeland has now won 4 of his last 5 starts, including a quality outing his last time out against a very potent Cleveland Indians offense in which he held them to just 1 earned run in 6.3 innings of work. Freeland will be making his first career start at PNC Park and this will be the first time that the Pirates have seen the youngster. Given the way that he has pitched thus far this season, Freeland should have the advantage over this lineup throughout the first few innings of this contest.

Meanwhile, James Taillon will be making his first start for the Pirates in over a month! Taillon was placed on the DL after being diagnosed with cancer. The Pirates will surely be looking forward to having Taillon back in the rotation, however, we believe his lengthy layoff is going to cause him to be less than sharp in the early going until he once again becomes confident standing on the mound and against a Rockies team that has huge power in their lineup, that could spell disaster for the Pirates pitcher.

The Pirates are still missing some huge bats in their lineup with Starling Marte and Jung Ho Kang still sidelined and that could hurt them in this contest. We don't believe Taillon will pitch well enough to keep the Rockies from scoring runs and if that is indeed the case, we don't believe Pittsburgh will have enough offense at the plate to keep pace on the scoreboard. Colorado continues their winning way as they win this one outright as underdogs.

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