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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 9/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Milwaukee Brewers (57-76) at Pittsburgh Pirates (67-64)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

J Nelson (7-13) (4.63) vs. I Nova (11-6) (4.41)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -165 / Milwaukee Brewers +155 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds


At PNC Park on Saturday in MLB action, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates will be meeting up once again. 

This will be game two of the set. On Friday, the Brewers eked out a 1-0 victory. 

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 9/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Brewers will be giving us another look at right-hander Jimmy Nelson on Saturday. Across 27 starts and a 7-13 record, Nelson holds a 4.45 ERA with a 1.51 WHIP in 151.2 innings. Nelson took a no-decision against Pittsburgh in his last appearance, going 3.2 innings with seven hits and six runs. 

The Brewers have a few big names at the top of their order. Jonathan Villar has hit 146 times with 73 runs and 47 RBI. Ryan Braun holds 132 hits with 67 runs, 24 homers and 74 RBI. Jonathan Lucroy has hit 101 times with 50 RBI and 48 runs so far. 

Over on the Pirates’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Ivan Nova Saturday in the start. Over 26 games (20 starts) and an 11-6 record so far, Nova has a 4.41 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP in 128.2 innings. Nova lasted six innings in Milwaukee his last time out, with three hits and one run for the win. 

Pittsburgh has some nice bats as well. Starling Marte has 146 hits with 69 runs and 45 RBI. Josh Harrison has 124 hits with 50 runs and 55 RBI. Andrew McCutchen sits on 123 hits with 67 runs and 57 RBI. 

The Brewers are 8-17 in their last 25 Saturday games, and 1-6 in their last seven game twos of a series. Milwaukee is also 5-2 in Nelson’s last seven Saturday starts, and 3-13 in Nelson’s last 16 starts overall. 

As for the Pirates, they’re 5-0 in Nova’s last five starts, and 5-0 in Nova’s last five starts on grass. Pittsburgh is also 1-6 in their last seven home games and 1-7 in their last eight games versus a right-handed starter. 

I don’t think Milwaukee has the firepower here to compete with Pittsburgh, so I’ll take the Pirates for the win in this one.

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