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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/14/14

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

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Miller Park)

Francisco Liriano (L) (0-3) (4.640) vs. Wily Peralta (R) (4-2) (2.168)

The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -124 / Pittsburgh Pirates +114 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-PIT, FSN-WI

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers will play game two at Miller Park, Wednesday night.

The Pirates have split their last eight games and remain six games below a .500 record. The Pirates just can’t seem to turn the corner due to inconsistent hitting and pitching. The Pirates have allowed a combined 11 runs in their last two games, which is somewhat surprising considering the Pirates won their four previous games due to reliable pitching. Offensively, Andrew McCutchen has 14 hits in his last 10 games and Neil Walker has homered twice in his last four games. Francisco Liriano gets the nod, and he’s 0-3 with a 4.64 ERA and has 42 strikeouts in 42.2 innings. Liriano is 6-4 with a 4.40 ERA in 11 career starts against the Brewers.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/14/14

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The Brewers have to be thrilled to get Ryan Braun back from injury, as he made his return on Tuesday. Despite Braun going 0-2 with a walk, the Brewers still racked up 12 hits and five runs in the win over the Pirates. The Brewers have now scored five or more runs in three straight games and are 11 games above a .500 record. Aramis Ramirez has two homers in his last six games and Jonathan Lucroy has six RBI in his last four games. Wily Peralta gets the start, and he’s 4-2 with a 2.17 ERA and has 35 strikeouts in 45.2 innings. Peralta is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two career starts against the Pirates. 

The Pirates are 4-0 in Liriano's last 4 starts and 6-2 in Liriano's last 8 starts as an underdog. The Brewers are 3-7 in Peralta's last 10 starts as a home favorite and 7-2 in Peralta's last 9 starts. The Pirates are 11-49 in the last 60 meetings in Milwaukee.

The Pirates have been up and down, while the Brewers are getting another hot streak going. Not to mention Peralta has been money all season and is going up against a Pittsburgh squad that can't score. Give me the Brewers for the cheap price. 

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Milwaukee Brewers -124

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