Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 4/17/14
Milwaukee Brewers (10-4) at Pittsburgh Pirates (7-7)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Yovani Gallardo (R) (2-0) (0.964) vs. Edinson Volquez (R) (0-0) (1.500)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -105 / Milwaukee Brewers -105 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Wisconsin, ROOT-Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers face off on Thursday for game one of their series in Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Pirates appeared to get off to a strong start to the season but over the past week it has turned into a struggle. The Pirates are 4-2 at home this season, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they have lost their last two games. As a team the Pirates are hitting .231 with Andrew McCutchen hitting .268, Neil Walker hitting .259, and Starling Marte hitting .250. As a team the Pittsburgh pitching staff has an ERA of 3.74 with the starters at 4.25 and the bullpen at 2.74. For game one against the Brewers the Pirates start Edinson Volquez who is still looking for his first decision this season. Thus far in one relief appearance and two starts Volquez has allowed eight hits and two earned runs while striking out 10 over 14 innings for a 1.29 ERA.
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The Milwaukee Brewers remain one of the hottest teams in baseball and they enter this series in first place in the NL Central. The Brewers are 6-0 on the road, 8-2 in their last 10 games, and are coming off of a series-ending win over the Cardinals on Wednesday. As a team the Brewers are hitting .251 with Aramis Ramirez hitting .377, Carlos Gomez hitting .328, and Jonathan Lucroy is hitting .302. The Brewers pitching staff has a team ERA of 2.17 with the starters at 2.52 and the bullpen at 1.33. For game one in Pittsburgh the Brewers start Yovani Gallardo who makes his fourth start of the season. For the year Gallardo has allowed 17 hits and two runs while striking out 13 over 18.2 innings with a 2-0 record and 0.96 ERA.
Pittsburgh is 9-5 in their last 14 games following a loss, 1-5 in their last six games, and 1-6 against a right-handed starter. Milwaukee is 10-1 in their last 11 road games, 10-2 in their last 12 games, and 4-0 in Gallardo’s last four starts. Milwaukee is 2-7 in their last nine games in Pittsburgh.
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