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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 7/20/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Milwaukee Brewers (52-44) at Pittsburgh Pirates (46-48)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 12:35 pm (PNC Park)

J Nelson (8-4) (3.35) vs. Jameson Taillon (5-3) (3.06)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -129 / Milwaukee Brewers +119 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ATPT

Coming up on Thursday, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates will be finishing up their MLB series from PNC Park. 

The Pirates won the first pair of games 4-2 and 4-3. In Wednesday’s matchup, the Pirates won again, this time 3-2 in a walk-off, 10-inning victory. 

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 7/20/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For the Thursday game, the Brewers will be going with RHP Jimmy Nelson. Over his 115.2 innings and 8-4 record this year, Nelson has a 3.27 ERA with 127 Ks and 29 BBs. 

Milwaukee has some solid hitters this year. Coming into Wednesday, Travis Shaw had 95 hits, 55 runs, 21 homers and 69 RBI, while Danny Santana had 90 hits, 55 runs, 15 homers and 50 RBI. On Wednesday Santana had a homer with three hits and two runs; Shaw had one hit. 

The Pirates will be bringing out RHP Jameson Taillon for the start on Thursday. In his 67.2 innings and 5-3 record this year, Taillon has a 3.06 ERA with 64 Ks and 22 BBs. 

Pittsburgh has some notable hitters as well. Andrew McCutchen came into Wednesday with 97 hits, 58 runs, 17 homers and 51 RBI, while Josh Harrison had 92 hits, 40 runs, 11 homers and 31 RBI. On Wednesday, McCutchen posted an RBI while Harrison logged three hits and a run. 

The Brewers are 4-0 in their last four Thursday games, and 4-1 in their last five during game four of a series. Milwaukee is also 4-0 in Nelson’s last four starts and 4-1 in Nelson’s last five road starts. 

Meanwhile, the Pirates are 4-0 in their last four during game four of a series, and 10-2 in Taillon’s last 12 starts with four days’ rest. Pittsburgh is also 5-2 in Taillon’s last seven home starts versus a team with a winning record and 9-4 in Taillon’s last 13 starts versus a team with a winning record. 

Over his last four games, Nelson has been pretty solid. He’s 3-0 in that time, and has given up more than two earned just once (three versus the Yankees in 5.0 innings). As for Taillon, He had zero earned in two games over 11.1 innings, but did give up eight hits and four earned in 5.0 innings versus the Cardinals in his last outing. This should be a pretty fun pitching matchup to watch, but I like the Brewers here (despite the 0-3 mark so far this series). 

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