Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates
|Date & Time||Sunday June 2, 2019, 1:35 PM (EDT)|
Milwaukee Brewers -125 / Pittsburgh Pirates -115 -- O/U: 9
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet in the finale of their four game NL Central division set from PNC Park on Sunday.
The Milwaukee Brewers will look to pick up the series win after taking game three in 13 innings on Saturday by a final score of 12-10. Christian Yelich and Orlando Arcia each had a two hits including a home run and four RBIs, with Yelich adding a triple while Arcia hit a pair of home runs. Keston Hiura had two RBIs with a home run and Mike Moustakas added a solo shot of his own. Ryan Braun added an RBI to round out Milwaukee’s scoring as a team in the win, while Hernan Perez added a pair of doubles and Yasmani Grandal had a two-bagger of his own. Lorenzo Cain went 2 for 6 and Eric Thames chipped in a base hit as well to cap off the Brew Crew’s offense in the victory. Brandon Woodruff went four innings, giving up six runs on ten hits while striking out five, not factoring in the decision. Adrian Houser ended up with the victory to improve to 1-1 on the year. Zach Davies will start game four and is 5-0 with a 2.19 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. In his career, Davies is 2-5 with a 5.98 ERA and 29 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to salvage a series split after dropping game three on Saturday. Elias Diaz went 3 for 7 with a double and four RBIs while Starling Marte went 4 for 7 with a home run and three RBIs. Jose Osuna added a pinch-hit two run home run and Melky Cabrera chipped in an RBI to cap off Pittsburgh’s scoring as a team in the loss. Adam Frazier went 3 for 5 with a triple while Cole Tucker added a double. Colin Moran went 2 for 5 while Kevin Newman and Gregory Polanco each chipped in base knocks as well to finish off Pittsburgh’s offense as a team in the defeat. Nick Kingham allowed five runs on six hits while striking out four over three innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Alex McRae took the loss, falling to 0-1 on the year. Jordan Lyles will start the finale and is 5-2 with a 3.09 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lyles is 3-3 with a 3.62 ERA and 30 strikeouts against Milwaukee.
Milwaukee is 4-1 in Gonzalez’s last 5 starts and 12-5 in their last 17 Sunday games while the over is 10-1-1 in their last 12 game four matchups. Pittsburgh is 5-1 in Lyles’ last 6 starts and 1-5 in their last 6 home games while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record.
I’m tempted to take Pittsburgh at home based on the fact that Lyles has been arguably Pittsburgh’s best starter this season. However, Lyles has allowed nine runs in his last 9.2 innings and Pittsburgh had their chances to win game three on Saturday, but just kept giving up home runs left and right to basically hand Milwaukee the win, and a loss like that usually has a carry over effect to the next game. Davies has had his issues with the Pirates in his career, but he has been solid so far this season for the Brewers, still sitting unbeaten at 5-0, so I’ll side with Milwaukee to pick up the series victory on Sunday.