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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free Pick - 9/4/13

Pittsburgh Pirates (81-57) at Milwaukee Brewers (59-79)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 8:10 pm (Miller Park)

Francisco Liriano (L) (15-6) (2.571) vs. Wily Peralta (R) (8-14) (4.510)

The Line: Milwaukee Brewers +144 / Pittsburgh Pirates -154 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh, FS-Wisconsin

The Pittsburgh Pirates look to maintain their grip on first in the Central with another win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

There is plenty of season to be played so it might be too early to say this, but the Pirates do control their own fate. Every time they put one in the win column, they guarantee the team stays atop the National League Central. The Buccos squeezed by the Brewers 4-3 Tuesday for their fourth win in five contests behind a strong performance from Gerrit Cole, who gave up a pair of runs in six frames, with Vin Mazzaro getting the win, despite allowing a run in two innings. The Pirates eight hit, five walk attack produced homers by Travis Snider and Andrew McCutchen, while Marlon Byrd knocked in two. Left-hander Francisco Liriano looks to continue his solid pitching when he takes the hill to face the Brewers at Miller Park. Liriano has sparkled the entire season with a 2.57 ERA that has led to a 15-6 record.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free Pick - 9/4/13

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Milwaukee hasn't had a great season and have few obtainable goals except being a spoiler and throwing the playoff hopeful squads on their schedule a curve. The Brew Crew had their opportunities Tuesday to hurt the Pirates drive to the National League Central crown, but came up just short and in the process saw their slide reach five games. Yovani Gallardo was outstanding, with a pair of runs given up over seven frames, but Brandon Kinzler and and Jim Henderson allowing runs with the latter absorbing the loss. Seven hits and a pair of base on balls were not enough with Jonathan Lucroy leading the way with two runs driven in. A struggling Wily Peralta toes the rubber against the division leading Pirates on Wednesday. Peralta has been having trouble making pitches in key situations, which is why he has gone 0-2 with a 6.46 ERA in three starts.

Going strictly by the numbers, Liriano gives Pittsburgh the advantage on the mound, while their bats have been clutch. I favor the Buccos but hate the chalk on the road.

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