Pittsburgh Pirates (6-8) at Milwaukee Brewers (7-6)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 7:10 pm (American Family Field)
Trevor Cahill (0-1) (8.00) vs. Brett Anderson (1-1) (4.50)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -142 / Pittsburgh Pirates +131 --- Over/Under: 8 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers meet in an NL Central division matchup in MLB action from Miller Park on Saturday night.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will be out to build on their 6-1 win over the Brewers from Friday’s matchup. Phillip Evans leads the Pirates with a .326 batting average, a .420 OBP and 3 home runs while Colin Moran also has 3 home runs with a team-high 9 RBIs and is one of three Pirates with 15 hits this season. Adam Frazier and Bryan Reynolds each have 15 hits as well with Frazier logging team-highs of 5 doubles and a pair of triples this season. Trevor Cahill will start the start for Pittsburgh here and is 0-1 with an 8.00 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. In his career, Cahill is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 29 strikeouts against Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Brewers will look to bounce back after their loss to Pittsburgh on Friday. Travis Shaw leads the Brewers with a .268 batting average along with team-highs of 3 home runs and 12 RBIs. Omar Narvaez has a team-high 12 hits while Luis Urias boasts a team-high .362 OBP this season as well as a team-high 3 doubles this season. Brett Anderson is expected to get the start here and is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season. In his career, Anderson is 3-1 with a 3.45 ERA and 19 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh is 28-60 in their last 88 games overall and 20-53 in their last 73 road games while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Milwaukee is 16-7 in their last 23 Saturday games and 7-3 in their last 10 games as a home favorite while the over is 20-8-3 in their last 31 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400. Pittsburgh is 8-19 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams.
I’m not trying to back Trevor Cahill or Brett Anderson long term in reality, but the fact here is that both have pitched alright lately, with Cahill giving up just one run in five innings against the hot-hitting Padres while Anderson’s sporting a 4.50 ERA and is a consistent ground-ball pitcher which should help against the Pittsburgh order. I think that a low-scoring game ends up being on the cards here, so give me the under in this one.