Brewers vs. Pirates - 4/10/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (0-3) at Milwaukee Brewers (0-3)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Miller Park)
J Locke (0-0) (0.00) vs. M Fiers (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -133 / Pittsburgh Pirates +123 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWI (Brewers) / ROOT Sports (Pirates)
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers will face off at Miller Park this Friday night in the first game of their series.
The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped a tough 3-2 match-up against the Cincinnati Reds yesterday afternoon, as Gregory Polanco made an error in the bottom of the 9th inning that allowed the Reds to complete their come from behind victory. A.J. Burnett pitched well in his return to Pittsburgh however, however ran into trouble after a 1 hour and 14 minute rain delay. Burnett finished his day going 5.1 innings, giving up 2 ER on 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 7. Leading the way for the Pirates offensive was Gregory Polanco (2-4, 1 RBI, 1 SB) and Pedro Alvarez (2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR). Pittsburgh left 6 runners on base and ended the game going just 1-7 with RISP.
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The Milwaukee Brewers will look to rebound after an embarrassing opening series at home in which they lost all three games to the Colorado Rockies. Milwaukee was outscored by a 20 to 6 margin in the series and lost their most recent matchup on Wednesday, 5-4 in 10 innings, after Colorado’s Wilin Rosario hit a pinch-hit solo home run in the top of the 10th. Leading the way for the Brewers was Adam Linn who went 2-3 who drove in 2 runs with his first home run of the season. Lind was the one bright spot offensively for the Brewers as the finished the series going 6 for 10 with 3 BB. Wily Peralta pitched well for the Brewers going 7 innings while giving up 2 runs on just 7 hits. Francisco Rodriguez picked up the loss in the game giving up the solo home-run to Wilin Rosario in the 10th.
The Pirates are 7-2 in their last 9 during game 1 of a series and 2-6 in their last 8 games as an underdog of +110 - +150. The Brewers are 3-8 in their last 11vs. the NL Central and 9-25 in their last 34 overall.
Pittsburgh will send Jeff Locke to the mound that finished the 2014 season going 7-6 in 21 starts with a 3.91 ERA. Jeff Locke was optioned down on multiple occasions in 2014 but was always able to make his way back to the show and has proved throughout his career that he can be a reliable lefty pitcher in the big leagues. Milwaukee will send Mike Fiers who was one of the bright spots of the Milwaukee rotation late in the season as he was able to go 6-5 with a 2.13 ERA and 9.5 K/9. Fiers was able to increase his velocity on this fastball last year and although we probably can expect hitters to have a bit more success against him this year, he certainly has the potential to be a quality to be a mid-rotation starter for the Brewers this season.
I think the pitching match-up in this one is fairly even with a slight advantage to Fiers and the Brewers. The difference is that I don’t see the Milwaukee bats, especially Gomez and Lucroy, to struggle as they did against Colorado and I feel that Milwaukee will walk away with their first victory in this one.