Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Matchup Game 1

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The Milwaukee Brewers are set to face off against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in the 1 game of their NL Central doubleheader. The matchup will begin at 12:35 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to Fox Sports Net Wisconsin to catch the game.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

The Pirates are 45-49 straight up (SU) and 43-50 against the spread (ATS). The team has lost 7.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 9.7 units (ATS). Pittsburgh has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven. The Brewers are 55-40 SU and have gone 50-44 ATS. In total, the teams accumulated 13.8 units for moneyline gamblers and 5.0 units ATS. Milwaukee’s covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the over has cashed in five of those seven.

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.

Chase Anderson will get the start for the Brewers. The right-handed Anderson (6-6, 3.81 ERA) has racked up 77 strikeouts in 99.1 innings so far. He’s 0-1 with three strikeouts and an 8.44 ERA against Pittsburgh this year.

The Pirates are preparing to start righty Ivan Nova (5-6, 4.50 ERA), who has 76 strikeouts and 17 walks, as well as a WHIP of 1.27. Nova has yet to face the Brewers this year, but he made three starts against them in 2017, posting a 1-2 record with a 3.79 ERA and 15 strikeouts.

As a unit, Pittsburgh’s pitching staff has given up 4.7 runs per game overall in 2018. The teams 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 bullpens ERA is 4.11.

The Pittsburgh offense is putting up 4.4 runs per contest, including 4.6 per game against divisional foes and 4.4 per game over its last five. The team has hit .272/.350/.418 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that span.

The Pirates batters have been led by outfielders Corey Dickerson and Starling Marte. Dickerson is hitting .308/.343/.463 with six home runs, 35 RBIs and 38 runs scored, while Marte is batting .284 with 11 homers, 41 RBIs, 49 runs and 24 stolen bases.

For the visitors, Milwaukee’s pitchers have allowed 3.8 runs per game and its starters own a 3.92 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 7.81 K/9. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 3.17, along with a WHIP of 1.25.

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).

Outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain continue to lead Milwaukee’s offense. Yelich is hitting .285/.359/.452 with 11 home runs, 42 RBIs, 58 runs and 12 stolen bases, while Cain is hitting .294/.398/.430 with eight homers, 27 RBIs, 50 runs and 17 stolen bases.

The Brewers have gained 14.6 units and are 42-33 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The overs hit in 30 of those games, compared to 42 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers.

Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in five of Milwaukee’s last seven games.
  • The Brewers have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games. The Pirates have hit six over their last 10.
  • Milwaukee fielders have 12 errors over the last 10 games, compared to two errors for Pittsburgh over its last 10.
  • The Brewers have lost four of their last five games SU while the Pirates have taken five of their last six.