Pirates-Rockies Preview Capsule

Pirates (28-35) vs. Colorado Rockies (41-24)

Site: PNC Park

Monday: RHP Jameson Taillon (2-1, 3.31) vs. LHP Kyle Freeland (7-3, 3.34), 7:05 p.m.

Tuesday: RHP Gerrit Cole (3-6, 4.83) vs. RHP Tyler Chatwood (6-7, 4.37), 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday: RHP Chad Kuhl (1-5, 5.63) vs. RHP German Marquez (4-3, 4.44), 7:05 p.m.

NOTES: The Pirates are in last place in the National League Central, 4 ½ games behind the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers but have won back-to-back games following a four-game losing streak. … The Rockies lead the NL West by 1 ½ games over the Los Angeles Dodgers but had their seven-game losing streak end Sunday with a loss to the Cubs at Chicago. … The teams are meeting for the first time this season after the Pirates won five of seven last year. The Pirates are 15-5 against the Rockies since the start of the 2014 season. … Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen is 23-for-57 (.404) in his last 16 games with four doubles, a triple and three home runs. … Rockies CF Charlie Blackmon is on a nine-game hitting streak, going 16-for-36 (.444) with five doubles and two homers. He is third in the NL in batting average (.337) and RBIs (53). … Rockies 1B Mark Reynolds is second in the NL with 54 RBIs and tied for third with 17 home runs. … Rockies RHP Greg Holland leads the major leagues with 23 saves. … Cole is 2-1 against the Rockies in his career while Taillon and Kuhl have never faced them. Taillon (testicular cancer) will be activated from the disabled list after being out since May 4. … Chatwood has no career decisions against the Pirates while Freeland and Marquez have never faced them. Freeland’s seven wins tie him for fourth in the NL.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “Physically, mentally, I’m 100 percent. I’m as sharp as I’ve been all year. If anything, I had some time to work on things I wanted to get done,” — Taillon.

UP NEXT: The Pirates conclude their nine-game homestand with a three-game series against the Cubs from Friday-Sunday.

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