Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/19/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (53-36) at Milwaukee Brewers (39-52)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 2:10 pm (Miller Park)
J Locke (5-5) (4.03) vs. Taylor Jungmann (4-1) (2.15)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -105 / Pittsburgh Pirates -105 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Milwaukee Brewers shoot for the sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been one of the hottest teams in the game and my gut says they have to keep winning to overtake St Louis in the National League Central. The Pirates struggled in most areas in an 8-5 loss at Miller Park Saturday for back to back defeats with two games lost in the standings. Starter Vance Worley was tagged for five runs with Deolis Guerra allowing two more. The bats managed eight hits and walked four times with Starling Marte and Travis Ishikawa driving in runs while Gregory Polanco and Andrew McCutchen scoring twice. Left hander Jeff Locke is charged with salvaging the final game of their series at Miller Park. Locke absorbed a 4-1 loss to St Louis last time out with all four runs plated (one earned) on five hits over five frames.
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The Milwaukee Brewers are obviously not the team they were a season ago but to their credit they are still playing hard The Brewers have now won seven of eleven and consecutive contests against the rival Pirates. Starter Jimmy Nelson was just good enough with four runs given up on seven hits and three BB while whiffing eight through 6.1 innings. The Brew Crew pounded Pittsburgh pitching for 13 hits while walking five times with Aramis Ramirez, Khris Davis and Jonathan Lucroy homering and combining for five RBI’s while Nelson knocked in two more. Rookie Taylor Jungmann gets the start in the series finale versus the visiting Pirates. Jungmann has been on a tear the last three times out with a combined four runs scored on 12 hits and six BB in 23 innings.
Pittsburgh are 13-5 in their last 18 Sunday games and are 36-16 in their last 52 overall while going 36-16 in their last 52 games on grass. The under is 8-2-1 in Milwaukee’s last 11 Sunday games and the Brewers are 7-2 in their last 9 games as a favorite while the under is 6-2 in the Brewers last 8 overall. Pittsburgh really can’t afford to get swept so hopefully they buckle down here…