Pittsburgh Pirates (17-14) vs Milwaukee Brewers (19-13)Date : 05/05/2018
Time : 7:10 pm EST
Location : Miller Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Milwaukee Brewers
Game 2 of a 3-game set between the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers will take place at Miller Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Saturday night at 7:10 pm EST. The Pirates currently occupy 2nd place in the NL Central while the Brewers are in 3rd place. This will be the 1st matchup of the year between these 2 teams, however, in recent matchups, the Brewers are winners of 6 of the last 8 games while winning 4 of their last 5 at Miller Park.
Pittsburgh Pirates's Latest Performance :
The Brewers, on the other hand, though up and down early in the season, had been on a tear winning 8-straight contests including a series win over the Reds along with 2 sweeps against the Miami Marlins and the Kansas City Royals on 4-25. They have since sputtered a bit as they were swept in a 4-game set against the Chicago Cubs on 4-29, however, recovered their form in the first 2 games of a 3-game set against the Cincinnati Reds. The Brewers are simply looking to somehow get a win on Friday against a shaky Pittsburgh team that has not been able to locate the consistency button yet.
For the season, the Brewers are averaging 5 runs per game (8th) with a team batting average of .260 (5th), 28 homers (19th), and 12 stolen bases on the year (20th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.00 (15th) with 224 strikeouts (20th), along with 14 quality starts (4th).
Lorenzo Cain (.292 BA on 96 AB), Ryan Braun (.256 BA on 90 AB), Travis Shaw (.253 BA on 103 AB), and Domingo Santana (.236 BA on 89 AB) have been the most consistent offensive weapons for the Pirates this season.
Chase Anderson (2-2, 34.2 IP, 11 R, 25 H, 7 HR, 10 BB, 23 SO, 2.86 ERA) and Jhoulys Chacin (2-1, 29.1 IP, 16 R, 32 H, 4 HR, 14 BB, 19 SO, 3.99 ERA) have been the bright spots for this Pirate staff. Zack Davies (2-3, 34 IP, 17 R, 31 H, 5 HR, 12 BB, 25 SO, 4.24 ERA) has also been solid on the mound this season for Pittsburgh.
Milwaukee Brewers's Latest Performance :
After a 3-game home loss against the Colorado Rockies on 4-16, the Pittsburgh Pirates went on to lose their next 5 games which includes a completed 4-game sweep at the hands of the Phillies on 4-22. Interestingly enough, the Pirates won their next 5 games beginning with a 4-26 home series sweep against Detroit as well as a series win against St. Louis on 4-29. Since then, the Pirates have lost the first 2 games of a 4-game set with the Washington Nationals. In all, Pittsburgh looks to recover their mojo on the road against a Brewers team that has also slipped a bit lately, yet, have won their last 2 games.
For the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates average 3.69 runs per game (25th) with a team batting average of .232 (23rd), 30 homers (16th) along with 19 stolen bases (4th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.14 (3rd) with 238 strikeouts (15th) along with 9 quality starts on the year (24th).
Corey Dickerson (.316 BA on 95 AB), Francisco Cervelli (.307 BA on 75 AB), Starling Marte (.288 BA on 111 AB), and Colin Moran (.288 BA on 80 AB) have been the most consistent hitters in the lineup for the Pirates this year. Jordy Mercer (.244 BA on 90 AB) and Josh Bell (.241 BA on 108 AB) have also been solid for Pittsburgh this year at the plate.
Trevor Williams (4-1, 35.1 IP, 9 R, 23 H, 1 HR, 17 BB, 23 SO, 2.29 ERA) and Ivan Nova (2-1, 38 IP, 14 R, 35 H, 4 HR, 4 BB, 30 SO, 3.32 ERA) have been shining stars on the mound for the Pirates this year while Steven Brault (2-1, 29 IP, 17 R, 24 H, 3 HR, 15 BB, 18 SO, 4.97 ERA) has also been solid in the rotation.
How Pittsburgh Pirates & Milwaukee Brewers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Pirates are 11-9 ATS while the O/U is 10-9-1. Onn the other hand, the Brewers are 14-10 ATS while the O/U is 10-14.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
These teams match up well in that they are not only NL Central foes, but, they are each looking for a much-needed win to gain some confidence as well as standing within the division. As stated, the Pirates are currently holding down the 2nd spot in the division and would really love to create some distance between them and the 3rd place Brewers; However, the Brewers seek to benefit from some home cooking to which they have benefitted from this year (8-6 ML) to make up some ground in the competition for the 2nd slot.
Against The Spread Selection: Milwaukee Brewers
My reason for the pick :
This will be an interesting matchup in my opinion. On one hand, you have the Brewers who have won their last 2, yet, were coming off multiple losses prior to their mini-turnaround. On the other hand, you have the Pirates who had been on a long winning streak before losing their last 2 matchups. In this instance, I feel as though it would make much sense to back the team with the most momentum at the time. This happens to be the home team as I expect them to come out with a victory Saturday in game 2.
Betting trends for Pittsburgh Pirates:
- Betting Trends for Pittsburgh Pirates
- The Pirates are 0-6 in last 6 road games
- The Pirates are 6-9 in last 15 games
Betting trends for Milwaukee Brewers:
- Betting Trends for Milwaukee Brewers
- The Brewers are 6-1 in last 7 home games
- The Under is 11-5 in last 16 games