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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (53-35) at Milwaukee Brewers (38-52)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 17, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Miller Park)

C Morton (6-2) (4.15) vs. M Fiers (4-7) (3.96)

The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -112 / Pittsburgh Pirates +102 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh, FS-Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates face off on Friday in game one of their series of National League Central teams.

The Milwaukee Brewers had the worst start to the season of any team in baseball but they have picked up the pace of late and have been competitive. The Brewers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 16-28 at home, and they are 18.5 games back in the NL Central. As a team the Brewers are hitting .250 with Gerrardo Parra hitting .309, Adam Lind hitting .292, and Ryan Braun hitting .275. The Brewers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.20 with the starters at 4.67 and the bullpen at 3.28. For game one against the Pirates the Brewers start Mike Fiers who has allowed 102 hits and 44 earned runs while striking out 99 over 100 innings for a 4-7 record and a 3.96 ERA.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are closing the gap on the Cardinals in the NL central and were one of the hottest teams in baseball they hit the All Star break. The Pirates are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 21-19 on the road, and they are 2.5 games behind the Brewers in the NL Central. As a team the Pirates are hitting .256 with Andrew McCutchen hitting .295, Starling Marte hitting .279, and Josh Harrison hitting .279. The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 2.86 with the starters at 3.05 and the bullpen at 2.48. For game one against the Brewers the Pirates start Charlie Morton who has allowed 52 hits and 24 earned runs while striking out 30 over 52 innings for a 6-2 record and a 4.15 ERA.

Milwaukee is 5-1 against the NL Central, 10-4 in their last 14 games, and 4-0 in Fiers’ last four starts as a favorite. Pittsburgh is 7-1 against a right-handed starter, 10-4 in their last 14 road games, and 8-2 in Morton’s last 10 starts. Pittsburgh is 16-53 in their last 69 games in Milwaukee.

The total is set at 8.0 and I see a lot of scoring here so my free pick is the over. My stronger pick is on the winning team and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.

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Over 8

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