Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 9/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Brewers (57-76) at Pittsburgh Pirates (67-64)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 2, 2016 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Junior Guerra (7-3) (2.93) vs. Jameson Taillon (3-3) (3.51)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -191 / Milwaukee Brewers +181 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RTPT, FSWI
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates will be beginning their MLB series on Friday at PNC Park.
Milwaukee just finished up against the Cardinals this week. The Brewers dropped the first two games but won on Wednesday to prevent the sweep.
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As for the Pirates, they played the Cubs in their most recent series. Pittsburgh lost all three games of that set after winning their previous four outings.
The Brewers will be bringing out right-hander Junior Guerra for the start on Friday. In his 17 starts this year alongside a 7-3 record, Guerra holds a 2.93 ERA with a 1.09 WHIP in 107.1 innings. Guerra recorded a loss his last time out against San Diego, with six hits and four earned in four innings.
Milwaukee has a few notable names in their order. Jonathan Villar has hit 146 times with 73 runs and 47 RBI. Ryan Braun sits on 132 hits with 67 runs, 24 homers and 74 RBI. Scooter Gennett has logged 110 hits with 46 runs and 42 RBI.
As for the Pirates, we’ll be seeing RHP Jameson Taillon in the starting role Friday. In his 13 starts and 3-3 record this year, Taillon has put up a 3.39 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP in 77 innings. In his last start, Taillon took a no-decision against the Brewers with seven hits and five runs in just three innings.
Pittsburgh doesn’t have to look far to find good hitters. Starling Marte has logged 144 hits with 69 runs and 45 RBI. Josh Harrison holds 123 hits with 50 runs and 55 RBI. Andrew McCutchen has hit 120 times with 67 runs, 18 homers and 57 RBI.
The Brewers are 1-6 in their last seven overall, and 1-8 in their last nine game ones of a series. Milwaukee is also 0-4 in their last four Friday games, and 6-2 in Guerre’s last eight road starts.
Meanwhile, the Pirates are 15-7 in their last 22 games following an off day, and 46 and 22 in their last 68 Friday games. Pittsburgh is also 1-5 in their last six home games, and 5-1 in Taillon’s last six home starts.
Milwaukee simply isn’t playing well lately, so I’ll take the Pirates at home here.