Pirates vs. Brewers - 4/19/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Brewers (2-8) at Pittsburgh Pirates (4-6)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)
M Garza (1-1) (4.22) vs. G Cole (1-0) (3.27)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -151 / Milwaukee Brewers +141 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-WI, ROOT-PIT
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to sweep the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday afternoon in their three-game series.
The Milwaukee Brewers need a win in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Brewers lack of offense has killed them during this stretch, as they’ve produced three or less runs in five of their last six games. The Brewers have lost nine straight games when scoring three or less runs. Jean Segura leads Milwaukee with 14 hits, while Adam Lind and Carlos Gomez have combined for 11 RBI. The Milwaukee Brewers are just 1-4 on the road this season and better figure things out quickly before the rest of the year gets out of hand. Matt Garza takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 4.22 ERA and six strikeouts this season. Garza is 2-2 with a 3.92 ERA and 45 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates look to keep rolling after winning five of their last eight games. The Pirates pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in four straight games and just five runs in this series. The Pirates have won 10 of their last 14 regular season games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Gregory Polanco leads Pittsburgh with 11 hits, while Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen have combined for 17 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates are 3-2 on their home field and are starting to play the team I thought we’d see to begin the season. Gerrit Cole gets the ball, and he’s 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. Cole is 1-2 with a 3.27 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Brewers.
The Brewers are 4-17 in their last 21 road games and 0-7 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series. The Pirates are 35-17 in their last 52 home games and 12-4 in Coles last 16 starts. The Brewers are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
The Brewers just haven't been even a decent home team for the last year or so, which seems to be a trend carrying over to this season. While the chalk is a little steep, there's no reason why the Pirates shouldn't pull off the sweep here.