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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 4/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Milwaukee Brewers (5-5) at Pittsburgh Pirates (5-6)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Taylor Jungmann (0-1) (11.57) vs. J Niese (1-0) (5.73)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -148 / Milwaukee Brewers +138 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh

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

For whatever reason the Milwaukee Brewers seem to up their game whenever they see the Pittsburgh Pirates.  That trend continued with the Brewers scoring an 8-4 victory at PNC Park Friday. The Brew Crew received very good starting pitching from Jimmy Nelson who gave up three runs on four hits and four BB over six innings to get the win. Milwaukee mustered eleven hits and walked a whopping ten times with Ryan Braun leading the way with a pair of homers and four RBI’s while Jonathan Villar went 3-6 with an RBI and two runs. The Milwaukee Brewers send Taylor Jungmann to the mound to face the Pirates on Saturday. Jungmann is coming off of a 10-1 defeat at St. Louis with eight runs plated on eight hits and two BB in two innings.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 4/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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I have had some trouble figuring out the Pittsburgh Pirates in the early going but they were not hard to figure out Friday as the bullpen was completely ineffective. Starter Jeff Locke gave the Pirates 4.2 innings with three runs plated (two earned) on five hits and seven BB while Kyle Lobstein, Neftali Feliz and AJ Schugel allowed five runs combined. The Pittsburgh offense simply couldn’t keep up on eight hits and four free passes with Matt Joyce supplying some fireworks with a pinch hit, three run homer while Starling Marte went 3-5 with an RBI double. The Pittsburgh Pirates turn to left hander Jon Niese on the hill for his first meeting with the Brewers as a Pirate. Niese threw the ball well last time out in a 7-4 defeat at Detroit with four runs scored (three earned) on five hits including a pair of homers.

The over is 6-2-1 in Milwaukee last 9 Saturday games and  is 19-7-3 in their last 29 road games while the Brewers  are 4-9 in their last 13 overall. Pittsburgh are 7-3 in their last 10 Saturday games and  are 47-22 in their last 69 home games. Milwaukee are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The numbers say Pittsburgh has a decent chance but backing this team against Milwaukee might be borderline stupid…

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Pittsburgh -148 // I am not playing this

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