Pittsburgh Pirates (6-8) at Milwaukee Brewers (7-6)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 2:10 pm (American Family Field)
Chad Kuhl (0-1) (6.75) vs. Freddy Peralta (2-0) (0.69)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -175 / Pittsburgh Pirates +161 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers meet in an NL Central division matchup in MLB action from American Family Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to bounce back from a 7-1 loss to the Brewers on Saturday. Adam Frazier leads the Pirates with a .315 batting average, a .415 OBP and is one of two Pirates, sharing the team lead in hits with Bryan Reynolds as both have a team-high 17 hits this season with Frazier logging a team-high 5 doubles and a pair of triples. Colin Moran has a team-high 3 home runs and 9 RBIs while Phillip Evans has 3 homers as well and Frazier has 9 RBIs of his own as well this season for the Pirates. Chad Kuhl is expected to get the nod here for Pittsburgh and is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and 8 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kuhl is 4-0 with a 1.73 ERA and 39 strikeouts against the Brewers.
The Milwaukee Brewers will look to keep their momentum going after another win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. Travis Shaw leads the Brewers with a .267 batting average, 3 home runs and 12 RBIs while sitting 2nd on the team with 12 hits, one behind Omar Narvaez who has 13 hits to lead Milwaukee this season. Luis Urias has a team-high 3 doubles and Jackie Bradley Jr. has a pair of triples for the Brew Crew so far this season. Freddy Peralta will get the start here and is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. This will be Peralta’s second career start against Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh is 12-41 in their last 53 road games against a team with a winning record and 29-60 in their last 89 games overall while the under is 9-2-2 in their last 13 Sunday games. Milwaukee is 2-6 in their last 8 Sunday games while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record. Pittsburgh is 9-19 in their last 28 meetings between these two teams.
I get the case that you could try to make for the Pirates here, but in reality, Kuhl isn’t a pitcher I trust to do much of anything to keep Pittsburgh in this game. Peralta has been rock solid to start the year and so have the Brewers as a whole and I like them to keep that going with a win in Sunday’s series finale.