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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers Free Pick 8/27/13

Milwaukee Brewers (57-73) at Pittsburgh Pirates (76-54)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Kyle Lohse (R) (9-8) (3.220) vs. Jeff Locke (L) (9-4) (3.006)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -154 / Milwaukee Brewers +144 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Wisconsin, Root-Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers face off on Tuesday in game one of a NL Central series.

The Pittsburgh Pirates lead in the National League Central has evaporated but they return home where they have been at their best this year. The Pirates are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 42-22 at home this season, and they are tied at the top on the NL Central standings with the Cardinals. As a team the Pirates are hitting .244 with Andrew McCutchen hitting .321, Starling Marte hitting .282, and Neil Walker hitting .252. As a team the Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 3.21 with the starters at 3.44 and the bullpen at 2.82. For game one against the Brewers the Pirates start Jeff Locke who has four no decisions and two losses in his last four starts. For the season Locke has allowed 122 hits and 48 earned runs while striking out106 over 143.2 innings for a 9-4 record and 3.01 ERA.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers Free Pick 8/27/13

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The Milwaukee Brewers have had a rough season on and off of the field but they haven’t ever given up as they are fighting in every game. The Brewers are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 27-38 on the road this season, and they are 19 games back in the NL Central. As a team the Brewers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.91 with the starters at 4.48 and the bullpen at 2.98. For game one against the Pirates the Brewers start Kyle Lohse who has easily been the best pitcher on their staff this season. For the year Lohse has allowed 152 hits and 57 earned runs while striking out 105 over 159.1 innings for a 9-8 record and a 3.22 ERA.

Pittsburgh is 29-10 in their last 39 games as a home favorite, 12-3 in their last 15 games following an off day, and 7-2 in Locke’s last nine home starts. Milwaukee is 4-1 in their last five games following an off day, 7-20 against a left-handed starter, and 6-1 in Lohse’s last seven starts. Milwaukee is 0-6 in their last six games in Pittsburgh.

This one looks to be a battle with solid angles in both directions so I have two free picks. My first free pick is on the under. My second free pick is on the winning side and I will give that Free Pick out on Tuesday’s 1stQuarter Podcast.

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