Milwaukee Brewers (1-2) at Pittsburgh Pirates (1-2)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Josh Lindblom (0-0) (0.00) vs. Derek Holland (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +125 / Milwaukee Brewers -145 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet Tuesday in MLB action from PNC Park.
This will be the second game of a three-game set between these National League Central Division teams. In the opener on Monday, we had an 11-inning battle and a 6-5 victory for the Brewers. Milwaukee came back from a 5-1 deficit to power out the win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Milwaukee was down by four runs going into the ninth inning on Monday, but thanks to a rally and some great bullpen pitching the Brewers were able to grab the win. Five players on the team had RBI, including Ryan Braun’s pair. Keston Hiura and Lorenzo Cain combined for four hits, two RBI and two runs. David Phelps earned the pitching victory with 2.0 innings and three strikeouts.
For the Tuesday game, the Brewers will send out Josh Lindblom in the start. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen him. Outside of a short stint with Pittsburgh three years ago, Lindblom has been pitching in Korea. It will be interesting to see what new pitches he’s got in his arsenal.
Over on the Pittsburgh side, they certainly muffed their opportunities Monday. Michael Feliz took most of the damage statistically with four earned on two hits in 0.2 innings, and Dovydas Neverauskas took the loss on 2.0 innings, two hits and a run. Colin Moran was a bright spot offensively with a homer, two hits, two runs and two RBI.
In the Tuesday starting role, the Pirates will be going with Derek Holland. In 31 games and seven starts last season, Holland put up a 2-4 record with a 5.90 ERA. He also posted 71 strikeouts in 68.2 innings.
The Brewers are 5-0 in their last five games versus a left-handed starter and 4-1 in their last five Tuesday games. Milwaukee is 12-4 in the last 16 games as a favorite and 10-4 in the last 14 games as a road favorite.
Meanwhile, the Pirates are 20-41 in their last 61 games as an underdog and 18-40 in their last 58 versus the National League Central. Pittsburgh is 1-4 in their last five overall and 1-4 in their last five games on grass.
Pick: I’m leaning Brewers. This is a strange starting pitching matchup, though. There’s no telling what we’ll get with Lindblom, but supposedly he’s really sharpened his skills pitching overseas. As for Holland, he looked pretty solid in spring/summer training and should be able to go a handful of innings here. Considering both offenses here have been pretty “blah” so far in general, we could have a pretty tight and lower-scoring game as well. Monday's opener was certainly competitive.