Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 8/22/14 Free MLB Pick
Pittsburgh Pirates (65-62) at Milwaukee Brewers (71-56)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Miller Park)
Jeff Locke (L) (4-3) (3.731) vs. Yovani Gallardo (R) (8-6) (3.317)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -150 / Pittsburgh Pirates +140 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh, FS-Wisconsin
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates face off on Friday in Milwaukee for game one of their series on NL Central teams.
The Milwaukee Brewers have led the National League Central since just about day one and they continue to lead as the season winds down. The Brewers are 35-29 at home, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a loss in their last game. As a team the Brewers are hitting .254 with Scooter Gennett hitting .307, Johnathan Lucroy hitting .303, and Aramis Ramirez hitting .297. The Milwaukee pitching staff has an ERA of 3.62 with the starters at 3.60 and the bullpen at 3.65. For game one against the Pirates the Brewers start Yovani Gallardo who has won three of his last four starts. For the season Gallardo has allowed 148 hits and 57 earned runs while striking out 118 over 154.2 innings for an 8-6 record and a 3.32 ERA.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates are six games back in the NL Central and two games back in the NL Wildcard race with 35 games left in the regular season. The Pirates are 25-36 on the road, 3-7 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a win in their last game. As a team the Pirates are hitting .257 with Andrew McCutchen hitting.305, Josh Harrison hitting .304, and Neil Walker hitting .276. The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 3.79 with the starters at 3.90 and the bullpen at 3.56. For game one in Milwaukee the Pirates start Jeff Locke ho has won his last two decisions. For the season Locke has allowed 93 hits and 38 earned runs while striking out 63 over 91.2 innings for a 4-3 record and a 3.73 ERA.
Milwaukee is 5-1 in their last six games, 11-5 in their last 16 home games, and 3-7 in Gallardo’s last 10 starts. Pittsburgh is 2-5 in their last seven games against the NL Central, 1-7 in their last eight games, and 4-1 in Locke’s last five starts as an underdog. Pittsburgh is 12-51 in their last 63 games in Milwaukee.
The total in this one is set at eight and that looks to be too high and I like the under. My stronger pick is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.
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