Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 7/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Brewers (39-51) at Pittsburgh Pirates (47-45)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
C Anderson (4-10) (5.44) vs. Jameson Taillon (2-1) (3.86)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates TBA / Milwaukee Brewers TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
TV: RTPT, FSWI
Over at PNC Park on Tuesday, the MLB is bringing us the opener between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Brewers are fresh off a weekend series against the Reds. Cincinnati won Saturday’s game, but dropped the other two by just two combined runs.
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Meanwhile, the Pirates tangled with the Nationals in their last series. Pittsburgh dropped the first two games, but was able to win on Sunday 2-1.
For Tuesday’s game, the Brewers will be bringing out right-hander Chase Anderson. In his 17 starts and 4-10 record this year, Anderson owns a 5.44 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP in 86 innings. In his last start against the Cardinals, Anderson put up another loss with four innings and four hits with two earned.
The Milwaukee hitters have a few aces up their sleeve. Jonathan Villar has hit 100 times with 46 runs and 33 RBI so far. Ryan Braun holds 92 hits with 13 homers, 44 RBI and 37 runs. Jonathan Lucroy is third on the team with 92 hits, 43 runs, 12 homers and 45 RBI thus far.
Pitching Tuesday for the Pirates will be lefty Jeff Locke. In his 18 appearances (17 starts) and 8-5 record, Locke has put up a 5.26 ERA with a 1.42 WHIP in 101 innings. In his last start against the Cubs, Locke was pulled after 2.1 innings, giving up five hits and no earned.
Pittsburgh has a pretty stacked order up top. Starling Marte is way out front with his 103 hits, 50 runs, 20 doubles and 34 RBI. Andrew Mccutcheon has hit a team-high 14 homers with 38 RBI, 86 hits and 50 runs. Gregory Polano is sitting on 86 hits as well, alongside 50 runs, 12 homers and a team-high 50 RBI.
The Brewers are 1-4 in their last five overall, and 1-4 in Anderson’s last five against the National League Central. Milwaukee is also 1-7 in Anderson’s last eight road starts, and 0-5 in Anderson’s last five starts overall.
As for the Pirates, they’re 4-1 in their last five games following an off day, and 7-2 in their last nine following a win. Pittsburgh is also 4-1 in Locke’s last five starts in game one of a series, and 4-0 in Locke’s last four starts overall.
I can’t find too many reasons to pick against Locke and the Pirates here. I’ll take Pittsburgh, thank you.