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Series preview: Pirates continue road trip in Colorado

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The Pirates head out west to face the Rockies.

Colorado Rockies v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

Pittsburgh Pirates (29-47) vs. Colorado Rockies (31-47), June 28-30, 2021

Location: Coors Field, Denver, CO

TV: AT&T Sports Pittsburgh

Radio: KDKA-AM

Rockies SB Nation Site: Purple Row


The Pirates head to the mile-high altitude for a hopeful spark in the bats as they face the Rockies this week.

Here’s a look at what we can expect:

Projected Starters

Monday, 5:10 p.m. EST

Tyler Anderson (3-7, 4.82 ERA) vs. Kyle Freeland (0-2, 7.76 ERA)

Tuesday, 8:40 p.m. EST

Chase De Jong (0-2, 4.94 ERA) vs. German Marquez (6-6, 3.99 ERA)

Wednesday, 3:10 p.m. EST

TBD vs. Jon Gray (4-6, 3.97 ERA)

Projected Lineups

Pirates

  1. Adam Frazier (2B)
  2. Ke’Bryan Hayes (3B)
  3. Bryan Reynolds (CF)
  4. Colin Moran (1B)
  5. Jacob Stallings (C)
  6. Gregory Polanco (RF)
  7. Phillip Evans (LF)
  8. Kevin Newman (SS)
  9. Starting Pitcher

Rockies

  1. Raimel Tapia (LF)
  2. Garrett Hampson (CF)
  3. Charlie Blackmon (RF)
  4. Trevor Story (SS)
  5. Ryan McMahon (3B)
  6. C.J. Cron (1B)
  7. Brendan Rodgers (2B)
  8. Dom Nunez (C)
  9. Starting Pitcher

Before the Pirates took three of four in St. Louis over the weekend, the team had not won a game on the road since May 20. Now, they’ll look to keep the strong play going as they head to Coors Field to face the Rockies.

For a team that doesn’t score many runs, a trip to Mile High could do the Pirates a lot of good. The offense generated seven runs or more twice over the weekend, so the rhythm is there. Ke’Bryan Hayes and Bryan Reynolds have been streaky lately and even Gregory Polanco has a homer in each of the last two games.

However, the pitchers the team is set to face this week are all coming off solid starts. The team will get a look at Kyle Freeland on Monday, who gave up one run over six innings in his last start against the Mariners. German Marquez gave up just two hits over eight innings in his last start. Jon Gray struck out 10 in five scoreless innings on Friday.

The Pirates have the opportunity to carry this momentum from the weekend and the Rockies pitching has the ability to do the same, so it will be a fun matchup to see who can let the good times roll.