Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 6/19/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Brewers (42-29) at Pittsburgh Pirates (35-36)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Freddy Peralta (1-0) (3.72) vs. Jameson Taillon (4-5) (3.94)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -113 / Milwaukee Brewers +103 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
We have some NL Central division action on tap from PNC Park as the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates square off in game two of their three game set in an MLB matchup on Tuesday.
The Milwaukee Brewers will be looking to bounce back from a 3rd straight loss, falling in game one by a final score of 1-0 on Monday. Christian Yelich and Jonathan Villar each had a base hit as Milwaukee just mustered up two hits in the losing effort, with the rest of the Brew Crew going 0 for 22 in the defeat. Jhoulys Chacin took the loss, falling to 6-2 on the year, giving up the one run on six hits over 6.2 innings of work. Freddy Peralta will start game two and is 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA and 9 strikeouts this season. This will be Peralta’s first career start against Pittsburgh.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to keep their momentum going after winning four of their last five games, including the series opening win on Monday. Jordy Mercer went 1 for 3 with a double, accounting for Pittsburgh’s lone run in the win, while Francisco Cervelli went 2 for 2. Josh Harrison, Colin Moran, Josh Bell and Gregory Polanco each added a base hit as well in the win. Trevor Williams got the win to improve to 6-4 this season after throwing seven innings of one hit shutout baseball, striking out seven for the W. Felipe Vazquez got his 14th save of the year, striking out a pair in the scoreless 9th. Jameson Taillon will start game two and is 4-5 with a 3.94 ERA and 71 strikeouts this season. In his career, Taillon is 1-3 with a 3.47 ERA and 29 strikeouts against Milwaukee.
Milwaukee is 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 games following a loss while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 road games. Pittsburgh is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 5-11 in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in Taillon’s last 5 home starts. Milwaukee is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Pittsburgh.
Milwaukee at plus money is tempting, considering they’re trying to put themselves in a good position to hold the division lead heading into the all-star break. However, Peralta hasn’t pitched since the end of May and got touched up in that start. Taillon has been up and down and hasn’t been overly consistent, but he’s allowed three runs or less in eight of his last nine starts, and looked good against the D-Backs last time out and did hold Milwaukee to just one run in his last start against the Brewers, so I’ll take a chance on Pittsburgh on Tuesday.