Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Preview

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are set to host their division rival Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park. Fox Sports Net Wisconsin will showcase the matchup and the game will get underway at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

Milwaukee (-110) is the favorite against Pittsburgh (+100) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this night game at 8.5 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). The games runline odds sit at +135 for taking the Brewers -1.5 runs and -155 for the Pirates +1.5 runs.

The Pirates are 36-37 straight up (SU) and 32-40 against the spread (ATS). The team has lost 2.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 10.8 units (ATS). Pittsburgh has a – ATS mark over its last seven games and the . The Brewers have gone 43-30 SU this year and are 40-32 ATS. Overall, the teams gained 12.2 units for moneyline bettors and 6.8 units ATS. Milwaukee is – ATS over its last seven games and the .

Pittsburgh games have an over/under record of 34-32-6 so far in 2018. Brewers games have gone under 42 times, gone over 28 times and pushed on two occasions.

Brent Suter is getting the start for the Brewers. The left-handed Suter is 7-4 with a 4.30 ERA and 62 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA against Pittsburgh this year.

The Pirates will put the ball in the right hand of Chad Kuhl (5-4, 3.76 ERA), who has 75 punchouts and 30 walks as well as a 1.37 WHIP. Kuhl is 1-0 with eight strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA in one start against Milwaukee this year.

Pittsburgh’s pitching staff has allowed 4.5 runs per game overall this year as a unit. Its starters have an ERA of 4.09, a WHIP of 1.26 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.7. The bullpen has a 4.43 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 9.7 K/9. In 34 games against NL Central opponents, Pirates starters have an ERA of 3.32 and the bullpens ERA is 4.25.

The Pittsburgh hitters are putting up 4.6 runs per contest, including 4.5 per game against divisional foes and 3.6 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .250/.312/.410 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Pirates hitters have been led by outfielders Corey Dickerson and Starling Marte. Dickerson is slashing .302/.336/.453 with five home runs, 32 RBIs and 32 runs scored, while Marte is hitting .280 with nine homers, 33 RBIs, 36 runs and 13 stolen bases.

In the other dugout, Milwaukee’s pitchers have allowed 3.7 runs per game and its starters own a 3.92 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 7.37 K/9. The bullpen has managed an outstanding ERA of just 2.78, along with a WHIP of 1.23.

Brewers hitters have slashed .247/.318/.410 on their way to 4.3 runs scored per game this season, including 2.7 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.2 per game over the teams last five outings (2-3 SU).

Milwaukee’s hitters have been paced by outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich, who’ve collectively belted 17 home runs. Cain is hitting .290/.389/.440 with eight home runs, 25 RBIs, 45 runs and 15 steals, while Yelich (.296/.369/.467) is up to nine homers, 31 RBIs, 47 runs and nine stolen bases.

Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates Free Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Pirates, ATS Winner – Pirates, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • Milwaukee has logged 18 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Pittsburgh has 13 XBH over its last five.
  • The Brewers have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.
  • The Milwaukee defense has allowed five errors over the last 10 games, compared to 10 errors for Pittsburgh over its last 10.