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Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/13/14

Pittsburgh Pirates (16-21) at Milwaukee Brewers (24-14)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Miller Park)

Gerrit Cole (R) (3-2) (3.638) vs. Marco Estrada (R) (2-1) (3.530)

The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -109 / Pittsburgh Pirates -101 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-PIT, FSN-WI

For the third time this season, the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates will take the field against one another.

The Pirates have won four of their last five games and are starting to play like most expected them to play this season. The Pirates pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in three of their last five games and the offense has scored four or more runs in five of their last six games. Andrew McCuthcen has 16 hits in his last 10 games and Pedro Alvarez has nine RBI in his last nine games. Taking the mound Tuesday will be Gerrit Cole, who is 3-2 with a 3.64 ERA and has 39 strikeouts in 47 innings. Cole is 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA in four career starts against the Brewers.

Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/13/14

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The Brewers have lost five of their last eight games and are struggling to score runs with Ryan Braun out of the lineup. The Brewers have scored three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. The good news is that Braun could make his return on Tuesday if everything goes well before the matchup. In the meantime, Carlos Gomez has carried the Brewers lineup with five extra-base hits in his last 10 games. Starting will be Marco Estrada, who is 2-1 with a 3.53 ERA and has 38 strikeouts in 43.1 innings. Estrada is 5-0 with a 2.01 ERA in nine career starts against the Pirates. 

The Pirates are 4-1 in their last 5 games following an off day and 10-4 in Cole's last 14 starts. The Brewers are 4-1 in their last 5 games following an off day and 8-3 in Estrada's last 11 home starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Brewers are 6-0 in Estrada's last 6 starts vs. Pirates, while the Pirates are 30-70 in the last 100 meetings. 

You have to take the Brewers in this matchup. The Pirates have had no luck against the Brewers for years, and Estrada has absolutely dominated Pittsburgh throughout his career. With the price being what it is, jump all over the Brew Crew, especially if Braun is returning. 

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Milwaukee Brewers -109

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