WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 07: Starting pitcher Jeff Francis #26 of the Colorado Rockies throws to a Washington Nationals batter during the second inning at Nationals Park on July 7, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
I'm going to say this over and over in the next couple weeks as the Pirates play one easy series after another, but this series presents a great opportunity for the Pirates. The Bucs struck out 17 times on Sunday, but their offense should have a much easier time in Coors Field and against the Rockies pitching staff. Without Troy Tulowitzki, the Rockies' lineup isn't much to write home about, either, as pretty as Coors might make some of their hitters' numbers look.