Pirates vs. Brewers - 7/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Brewers (40-52) at Pittsburgh Pirates (48-46)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
M Garza (1-3) (5.75) vs. F Liriano (5-9) (5.02)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -168 / Milwaukee Brewers +158 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates play a rubber game early Thursday night.
The Milwaukee Brewers could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Brewers have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Milwaukee Brewers offense has picked up lately, and they’ve won four of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Jonathan Villar leads Milwaukee with 102 hits, Jonathan Lucroy has 48 RBI and Ryan Braun has 13 home runs. Matt Garza gets the nod, and he’s 1-3 with a 5.74 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. Garza is 2-3 with a 4.35 ERA and 48 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 15 games. The Pirates have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 11 of their last 16 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has woken up recently, and they’ve won 12 of their last 15 games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 105 hits, Jordy Mercer has 34 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has 14 home runs. Francisco Liriano takes the hill, and he’s 5-9 with a 5.11 ERA and 93 strikeouts this season. Liriano is 6-6 with a 4.57 ERA and 92 strikeouts in his career against the Brewers.
The Brewers are 0-8 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series and 1-5 in Garzas last 6 starts. The Pirates are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 2-7 in Lirianos last 9 starts. The over is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings.
The Pittsburgh Pirates offense is back on track and when those bats are hot, the Brewers can't keep up most nights. It happened Wednesday but don't expect it again. I like Pittsburgh to win this series with Liriano on the hill.