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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/23/14

Pittsburgh Pirates (66-62) at Milwaukee Brewers (71-57)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Miller Park)

Edinson Volquez (R) (10-7) (3.625) vs. Wily Peralta (R) (15-7) (3.325)

The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -153 / Pittsburgh Pirates +143 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-PIT, FSN-WI

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers play Saturday night at Miller Park.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost seven of their last nine games and are four games above .500. The Pirates pitching staff has really been brutal lately, allowing four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 3.77, which is 18th in the majors, and they’ve lost seven straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Andrew McCutchen homered in Friday's win and Neil Walker has an RBI in three of his last four games. Edinson Volquez gets the nod, and he’s 10-7 with a 3.58 ERA and has 100 strikeouts in 146 innings. Volquez is 6-4 with a 4.57 ERA in 15 career starts against the Brewers.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/23/14

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The Milwaukee Brewers are 5-4 in their last nine games and 14 games above .500. The Brewers offense has picked up lately, producing four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Brewers have won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Ryan Braun has homered twice in his last five games and Jonathan Lucroy has hit in seven of his last eight games. The Milwaukee Brewers have an ERA of 3.62, which is 15th in the majors. Starting is Wily Peralta, who is 15-7 with a 3.27 ERA and has 116 strikeouts in 157 innings. Peralta is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in three career starts against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 5-1 in Volquezs last 6 road starts and 8-2 in Volquezs last 10 starts overall. The Brewers are 4-0 in Peraltas last 4 home starts and 6-1 in Peraltas last 7 starts overall. 

Peralta has been money almost all season, while the Pirates are still in somewhat of a slump. I'll take the Brewers as long as the price is fair. 

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Milwaukee Brewers -153

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