Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 4/20/14
Milwaukee Brewers (12-5) at Pittsburgh Pirates (8-9)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)
Marco Estrada (R) (1-1) (3.056) vs. Gerrit Cole (R) (2-1) (4.737)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -123 / Milwaukee Brewers +113 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-WI, ROOT-PIT
The Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates will finish up a four-game series on Sunday. The Brewers lead the series 2-1.
The Brewers are still red hot, winning three of their last four games and improving to 13-5 on the season overall. The Brewers are undefeated when scoring at least three runs, and Ryan Braun is having another MVP-like season with 19 hits, five homeruns and 13 RBI. Pitching wise the Brewers are also getting it done, including Marco Estrada, who is 1-1 on the season with a 3.06 ERA, and he has 15 strikeouts in 17.2 innings. Estrada is 5-0 with a 2.06 ERA in eight career starts against the Pirates.
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The Pirates have lost seven of their last nine games and are looking like one of the biggest disappointments in all of baseball. The Pirates have scored three or less runs in five of their last seven games, while the pitching staff has allowed five or more runs in four of their last six games. Gerrit Cole hopes to turn things around, as he’s 2-1 on the season with a 4.74 ERA and has 16 strikeouts in 19 innings of work, while allowing 20 hits. Cole is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA in three career starts against the Brewers.
The Brewers are 6-2 in Estrada's last 8 road starts and 14-4 in Estrada's last 18 starts vs. National League Central. The Pirates are 8-2 in Cole's last 10 starts and 6-1 in Cole's last 7 starts as a favorite. The Brewers are 5-0 in Estrada's last 5 starts vs. Pirates.
We’re getting plus money with Estrada, a pitcher who has been lights out this season and has had fairly good success against the Pirates in his career. Also, the Brewers are the hottest team in baseball, while the Pirates can’t win a game to save their life.
The Brewers plus money is a steal.