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The Pittsburgh Pirates are under .500, as usual in the month of June. Purely in terms of wins and losses, the Pirates’ work through the first two and a half months of the 2024 MLB season has been completely unremarkable. However, what is different this season than previous Pirate seasons is that the National League in particular is mediocre. Only four teams have at least two games above .500 entering play on June 15. It’s the Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves and then everyone else. The National League is so bad that one of the teams currently in a playoff position is below .500. Another team currently in a playoff position, the San Diego Padres, are one game above .500. Given the landscape in the National League, nearly a dozen teams are in legitimate playoff contention. Most of them are below .500.

One of them is the Pirates. Pittsburgh has a chance, not because it’s particularly good, but because the field has fallen back to the Pirates’ level. Pittsburgh could be a buyer at the trade deadline, but first the Bucs need to play at least decent baseball in the four remaining weeks before the All-Star break. If Pittsburgh loses multiple games in the standings, the team will almost certainly be a seller. The next month is crucial in shaping the short-term future for the Buccos.

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MLB Odds: Pirates-Rockies odds

Pittsburgh Pirates: -1.5 (-120)

Colorado Rockies: +1.5 (+100)

Top: 10.5 (-114)

Bottom: 10.5 (-106)

How to watch Pirates vs. Rockies view

TV: SportsNet Pittsburgh (Pirates) / MLB (Rockies) / MLB Extra Innings

Stream: MLB.TV

Time: 9:10 PM ET/6:10 PM PT

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Why the pirates were able to hide the spread

The Pirates have Jared Jones on the mound. Jones was one of the big breakout stories of 2024. He is in the running for National League Rookie of the Year. Along with Paul Skenes, Jones has been an exciting presence for the Pirates, who have young and elite weapons that could make this team a real force in two or three years. However, Jones has been pitching all season in the Majors, while Skenes was held back in the minors for over a month before finally making his big league debut several weeks ago.

Jones is a fearless pitcher. He goes right at opponents and has the live arm needed to make a lot of swings and misses. Against the inconsistent Colorado offense, Jones has a very good chance of getting a quality start, even in a hitter-friendly yard like Coors Field. The Pirates comfortably defeated the Rockies in Denver on Friday; there’s no reason to think they can’t do the same again on Saturday.

Why the Rockies could cover the spread

After being the worst team in the Majors through the first 31 games of the season, the Rockies have been a beyond-terrible team ever since. The Rockies were ahead at the start of the season, going 8-23. In each of those first 31 games, the Rockies trailed at some point in the proceedings. It’s hard to be that bad, never leading wire-to-wire in 31 straight baseball games. It wasn’t until Game 32 that Colorado finally played a nine-inning game in which it never trailed.

After going 8-23, the Rockies have since gone 16-22, which isn’t exactly great, but also much better than what we saw in the first three weeks of the season. The offense is still struggling, but Colorado has gotten competent pitching for most of the last month. More quality pitching should allow the Rockies to cover the spread here.

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Final Pirates-Rockies prediction and pick: Pirates -1.5