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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 4/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Milwaukee Brewers (2-7) at Pittsburgh Pirates (3-6)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

K Lohse (0-2) (11.18) vs. V Worley (0-1) (8.53)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -130 / Milwaukee Brewers +120 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Wisconsin, Root-Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers take the field in game two of their series at PNC Park. 

The Milwaukee Brewers had hoped to duplicate their red hot start of a season ago but that doesn’t look to be the case. The Brewers fell to the Pirates 6-3 on Friday night thanks in part to the bullpen. Starter Jimmy Nelson gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits over five frames with Jonathan Broxton allowing three more in 2/3 of an inning. The offense had chances with eight hits and four free passes with Gerardo Parra rapping a two run double while Krhris Davis went 3-4 with a run.Veteran Kyle Lohse looks to right the ship in the early going when he faces the Pirates. Lohse has struggled in his first two outings with a combined 12 runs allowed on 18 hits including three homers  over 9.2 innings pitched.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 4/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are not off to a great start and need to kick things in to gear although it’s too early to panic. The Pirates took a step in the right direction in a series opening victory versus visiting Milwaukee. Vance Worley was outstanding on the mound with both runs plated on six hits and four bases on balls through six innings to pick up the win. The bats came to life with eleven hits and a pair of walks with Starling Marte going 2-4 with a homer, two RBI’s and two runs while Sean Rodriguez drove in a run and scored. The Pirates hand the ball to Jeff Locke for the start against visiting Milwaukee on Saturday. Locke is coming off of a 6-2 decision against the Brewers where he gave up both runs on seven hits in six frames.

The under is 12-2 in Milwaukee’s last 14 road games while the Brewers are 5-17 in their last 22 road games and 11-30 in their last 41 overall. The Pirates are 4-9 in their last 13 overall and 4-9 in their last 13 on grass while the under is 7-2 in Pittsburgh’s last 9 home games. It’s tough for a pitcher to beat a team two times in a row but I prefer the Pirates bats in this one as well…

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