Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates
|Date & Time||Saturday June 1, 2019, 4:05 PM (EDT)|
Pittsburgh Pirates +170 / Milwaukee Brewers -200
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet in game three of their four game NL Central division set from PNC Park in MLB action on Saturday.
The Milwaukee Brewers will look to rebound after dropping game two on Friday by a final score of 9-4. Keston Hiura had a home run and three RBIs while going 3 for 4 at the dish and Jesus Aguilar added a solo home run of his own to round out Milwaukee’s scoring as a team in the loss. Mike Moustakas added a double while Orlando Arcia added a base knock of his own as the Brew Crew cranked out just six hits as a team in the losing effort. Jhoulys Chacin took the loss, falling to 3-7 on the year after allowing seven runs on six hits while walking four over just 2.2 innings of work. Brandon Woodruff will start game three and is 7-1 with a 3.22 ERA and 75 strikeouts this season. This will be Woodruff’s second career start against Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to build some steam after evening the set up at one win apiece following their victory in game two on Friday. Kevin Newman and Colin Moran each had two hits and two RBIs while Starling Marte went 3 for 5 with an RBI and Jose Bell, Adam Frazier and Chris Archer each had RBIs as well in the victory. Bryan Reynolds went 2 for 4 while Gregory Polanco added a base hit as well in the winning effort. Archer got the win on the mound to improve to 2-5 on the year after allowing four runs on five hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work. Nick Kingham will start game three and is 1-1 with an 8.28 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kingham is 2-1 with a 7.80 ERA and 20 strikeouts against Milwaukee.
Milwaukee is 13-3 in Woodruff’s last 16 starts and 4-0 in Woodruff’s last 4 division starts while the under is 24-10-1 in their last 35 road games. Pittsburgh is 0-4 in Kingham’s last 4 home starts and 15-6 in their last 21 Saturday games while the over is 14-3 in their last 17 home games.
I’m tempted to take a stab at Pittsburgh and the decent-sized plus money at home, especially with how Pittsburgh’s bats woke up in game two. However, Kingham has been shelled on the mound this season, giving up 16 runs in 12.2 innings across his last three appearances. Woodruff has been arguably Milwaukee’s best starter this season, allowing two runs or less in each of his last six starts, all of which the Brewers won. In that six game stretch, Woodruff is 5-0 with a 1.42 ERA. I just don’t see Woodruff’s hot streak ending here, especially with Kingham on the other side, so I’ll lay the juice with the Brewers on the road in this spot.