Pittsburgh Pirates (63-66) at Milwaukee Brewers (72-58)
|Date & Time||Saturday August 25, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -127 / Pittsburgh Pirates +117 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers meet Saturday in MLB action at Miller Park.
The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win here after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Pirates have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 14 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost seven straight games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Corey Dickerson leads the Pirates with 126 hits and 46 RBI while Starling Marte and Josh Bell have combined for 225 hits and 112 RBI. Jameson Taillon gets the ball, and he is 9-9 with a 3.58 ERA and 131 strikeouts this season. Taillon is 2-4 with a 3.42 ERA and 46 strikeouts in his career against the Brewers.
The Milwaukee Brewers also look for a victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Brewers have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Milwaukee Brewers have won five of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Christian Yelich leads the Brewers with 142 hits and 66 RBI while Lorenzo Cain and Jesus Aguilar have combined for 235 hits and 122 RBI. Jhoulys Chacin gets the ball, and he is 13-4 with a 3.58 ERA and 122 strikeouts this season. Chacin is 2-4 with a 4.03 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 6-1 in their last 7 Saturday games, 0-4 in their last 4 during game 2 of a series and 5-2 in Taillons last 7 starts. The Brewers are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games, 39-17 in their last 56 during game 2 of a series and 5-1 in Chacins last 6 starts. The Pirates are 27-71 in the last 98 meetings in Milwaukee, 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 29-11-3 in the last 43 meetings.
Taillon has been a really solid pitcher this season and actually has a slightly lower ERA on the road than at home. However, Chacin hasn't allowed a run in his last 13 innings and has consistently been a tough pitcher to hit, who is allowing a .217 batting average in 92 at bats against current Pirates. I also don't like backing teams off heartbreaking losses, as those tend to linger and can result in more poor results. The Pirates can't be pleased with a brutal blown save. Give me the Brewers at home and the cheap price.