Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Preview Game 2

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The Pittsburgh Pirates will welcome the Milwaukee Brewers to PNC Park in Game 2 of their NL Central doubleheader. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Net Wisconsin will broadcast the matchup.

Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

The Pirates are 45-49 straight up (SU) and 43-50 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 7.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 9.7 units (ATS). The Brewers have gone 55-40 SU this year and are 50-44 ATS. In total, the teams gained 13.8 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 5.0 units ATS.

Pirates games have had an over/under record of 44-42-7 so far in 2018. Milwaukee has been a decent under bet with a total record of 41-50-3.

Brent Suter will get the start for the Brewers. The southpaw Suter is 8-5 with a 4.53 ERA and 78 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 Clay Holmes (0-1, 7.11 ERA), who has four strikeouts and six walks as well as a 2.05 WHIP. Holmes hasn’t faced the Brewers yet this year and did not pitch in the majors last season.

As a unit, Pittsburgh’s pitching staff has yielded 4.7 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starting pitching staff has a 4.37 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.37 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 9.9 K/9. In 36 games against divisional foes, Pirates starters have an ERA of 3.30 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.11.

The Pittsburgh offense is putting up 4.4 runs per outing, including 4.6 per game against divisional foes and 4.4 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .272/.350/.418 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Pirates hitters have been led by Corey Dickerson, who is slashing .308/.343/.463 with six home runs, 35 RBIs and 38 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Milwaukee’s pitchers have allowed 3.8 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.92 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 7.81 K/9. The bullpen has logged a solid ERA of just 3.17, along with a K-per-9 of 10.16.

The Brewers offense has slashed .244/.317/.410 on its way to 4.4 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over the teams last five outings (1-4 SU).

Milwaukee’s offense has been paced by Christian Yelich. Yelich is slashing .285/.359/.452 with 11 home runs, 42 RBIs, 58 runs and 12 stolen bases.

The Pirates just took the previous game in this series by a final tally of seven runs to three.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in five of Milwaukee’s last seven outings.
  • The Brewers have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games. The Pirates have hit six over their last 10.
  • Milwaukee has recorded 20.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 22.6 over its last five.
  • The Brewers have lost four of their last five games SU while the Pirates have taken five of their last six.