Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/15/14
Pittsburgh Pirates (16-22) at Milwaukee Brewers (25-14)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Miller Park)
Wandy Rodriguez (L) (0-2) (7.650) vs. Yovani Gallardo (R) (2-2) (2.919)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -145 / Pittsburgh Pirates +135 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers will play their rubber matchup on Thursday afternoon at Miller Park.
The Pirates are starting to find their rhythm, winning five of their last seven games. The Pirates pitching has improved during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in four of their last seven games, which certainly beats a season ERA of 3.89. Offensively, Neil Walker has a six-game hitting streak and Andre McCutchen has 14 hits in his last 10 games. Getting the start Thursday will be Wandy Rodriguez, who is 0-2 with a 7.65 ERA and has 16 strikeouts in 20 innings. Rodriguez is 10-10 with a 4.18 ERA in 27 career starts against the Brewers.
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The Brewers have lost four of their last seven games, but remain 10 games above a .500 record. Despite putting only one run on the board in Wednesday’s loss, the Brewers have scored five or more runs in five of their last eight games. However, the Brewers lineup has taken a hit with the suspension of Carlos Gomez and the injury to Aramis Ramirez. Ryan Braun is back in the lineup, and he’s 2-6 with a walk since returning. Yovani Gallardo starts, and he’s 2-2 with a 2.92 ERA and has 33 strikeouts in 49.1 innings. Gallardo is 11-4 with a 2.63 ERA in 21 career starts against the Brewers.
The Pirates are 7-3 in Rodriguez's last 10 road starts and 2-5 in Rodriguez's last 7 starts as an underdog. The Brewers are 40-19 in Gallardo's last 59 starts with 5 days of rest and 1-4 in Gallardo's last 5 starts. The Brewers are 10-2 in Gallardo's last 12 home starts vs. Pirates.
You see Gallardo's career numbers against the Pirates? I don't need to see any more. Some players simply have another team's number and that appears to be the case here.