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Pirates vs. Brewers - 4/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Milwaukee Brewers (2-6) at Pittsburgh Pirates (3-6)

MLB Baseball: Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

J Nelson (1-0) (0.00) vs. J Locke (1-0) (3.00)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -122 / Milwaukee Brewers +112 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Wisconsin, ROOT-Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers face off on Friday at PNC Park for game one of their MLB series between NL Central teams.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have gotten off to a slow start and 3-6 record but they are playing just their fourth home game of the season. The Pirates are in fourth place in the National League Central and they have lost their last two games. As a team the Pirates are hitting 2.07 with Pedro Alvarez hitting .276, Neil Walker hitting .235, and Jordy Mercer hitting .231. The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 4.39 with the starters at 5.40 and the bullpen at 2.70. For game one against the Brewers the Pirates start Jeff Locke who allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out two over six innings to get the win over the Brewers in Milwaukee in his only start so far this year.

Pirates vs. Brewers - 4/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Milwaukee Brewers are 2-7 this season and they are in last place in the NL Central. The Brewers have lost their last two games and they have been outscored by 25 runs this season. As a team the Brewers are hitting .223 with Adam Lind hitting .333, Jean Segura hitting .323, and Ryan Braun hitting .258. The Brewers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.39 with the starters at 5.40 and the bullpen at 2.70. For game one against the Pirates the Brewers start Jimmy Nelson who allowed two hits and struck out nine over 7.0 scoreless innings to get the win against the Pirates in his first start this year.

Pittsburgh is 9-2 in game one of a series, 32-15 in their last 47 home games, and 8-1 in Locke’s last nine home starts. Milwaukee is 8-19 following a loss, 5-16 in their last 21 road games, and 1-5 in Nelson’s last six starts. Pittsburgh is 5-2 in their last seven games against Milwaukee.

Locke just seems to always find a way and I believe he finds a way here as well. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates -120

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