Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers
|Date & Time||Friday June 7, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
Milwaukee Brewers: -1.5 (-120) / Pittsburgh Pirates: 1.5 (+100)
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers meet in game one of their three game NL Central division set in MLB action from Miller Park on Friday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to build some momentum after winning their series against Atlanta, taking the series finale on Thursday by a final score of 6-1. Josh Bell and Colin Moran each had two RBIs with Moran hitting a home run while Bell went 3 for 4 with three doubles. Gregory Polanco had a solo home run while Elias Diaz added an RBI with a double to round out Pittsburgh’s scoring as a team in the win. Bryan Reynolds went 2 for 4 at the dish while Cole Tucker had a double while Adam Frazier added a base hit as well in the victory for the Pirates. Chris Archer got the win to improve to 3-5 on the year after allowing one run on six hits while striking out six over six innings of work. Felipe Vazquez closed out the 9th for his 15th save of the season. Rookie Davis will start game one and is 0-0 with a 5.87 ERA and 8 strikeouts this season. This will be Davis’ second career start against Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Brewers will look to build some momentum after salvaging a win in their series finale against Miami to avoid the sweep, taking the series finale by a final score of 5-1 on Thursday. Christian Yelich and Mike Moustakas each had a home run and two RBIs with Yelich going 3 for 4 while Moustakas had a pair of solo home runs. Ryan Braun added an RBI to round out Milwaukee’s scoring as a team in the win. Lorenzo Cain went 2 for 3 while Jesus Aguilar added a base hit as well in the victory. Freddy Peralta got the win to improve to 3-2 on the year after allowing one run on four hits while striking out nine over six innings of work. Josh Hader closed out the 9th for his 14th save of the campaign. Brandon Woodruff will start game one and is 7-1 with a 3.82 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. In his career, Woodruff is 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA and 12 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh is 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 division games while the over is 10-2 in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record. Milwaukee is 14-3 in Woodruff’s last 17 starts and 8-1 in Woodruff’s last 9 home starts while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 home games. Pittsburgh is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 30-73 in the last 103 meetings between these two teams in Milwaukee.
The plus money with the Pirates is definitely tempting given that the Pirates have been a better team on the road than at home this season and how Woodruff gave up six runs in four innings in his last start against these same Pirates. However, the Brewers still found a way to win that game in extra innings, and all the Brewers do with Woodruff on the mound is win, winning his last seven starts. Davis hasn’t been much to write home about in limited relief appearances this season, and his lone career start against Milwaukee in 2017 saw Davis allow eight runs, seven earned in just 2.2 innings of work. I think that Woodruff can get a little bit more settled here and can help Milwaukee get back on track, so I’ll side with the Brewers to take game one, and to get rid of some of the heavy juice, I’ll side with Milwaukee on the RL.