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Brewers vs. Pirates - 9/1/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (79-50) at Milwaukee Brewers (55-75)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Miller Park)

J Locke (7-8) (4.46) vs. J Nelson (10-10) (3.92)

The Line: Milwaukee Brewers / Pittsburgh Pirates --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: RTPT/FSWI

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers begin a three-game series Tuesday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Pirates have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Pirates have won five straight when scoring more than three runs. Andrew McCutchen leads Pittsburgh with 139 hits and 85 RBI while Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco have combined for 104 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won seven of their last 10 road games. Gerrit Cole gets the nod, and he’s 15-7 with a 2.44 ERA and 166 strikeouts this season. Cole is 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Brewers.

Brewers vs. Pirates - 9/1/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Milwaukee Brewers need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Brewers have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Brewers have split their last eight when scoring more than three runs. Ryan Braun leads Milwaukee with 124 hits and 77 RBI while Jean Segura and Adam Lind have combined for 108 RBI. The Milwaukee Brewers have won six of their last nine home games. Jimmy Nelson takes the hill, and he’s 10-10 with a 3.81 ERA and 136 strikeouts this season. Nelson is 3-1 with a 1.85 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 39-16 in Coles last 55 starts. The Brewers are 3-8 in their last 11 during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in Nelsons last 5 starts. The Pirates are 16-56 in the last 72 meetings in Milwaukee and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings overall.

Even though the Brewers have gotten the best of the Pirates in recent memory, this matchup is quite lopsided with Cole on the hill. I like Pittsburgh to strike first blood in this series.

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