Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates
|Date & Time||Tuesday August 6, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
Pittsburgh Pirates +130 / Milwaukee Brewers -150
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet in game two of a three game NL Central division set in MLB action from PNC Park on Tuesday.
The Milwaukee Brewers will look to build up some momentum after opening the series with a 9-7 win in game one on Monday. Trent Grisham led the charge with three RBIs while Christian Yelich went 4 for 5 with a pair of solo home runs. Mike Moustakas had a solo home run while Eric Thames, Orlando Arcia and Jordan Lyles each chipped in an RBI to finish off Milwaukee’s scoring as a team in the win. Lorenzo Cain chipped in a pair of hits to cap off the Brew Crew’s offense as a team as well. Jordan Lyles gave up three runs, one earned, on two hits over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Josh Hader struck out a pair over 1.1 innings of relief to lock up his 29th save of the season. Chase Anderson will start game two and is 5-2 with a 3.73 ERA and 90 strikeouts this season. In his career, Anderson is 8-4 with a 3.61 ERA and 77 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to bounce back after dropping game one on Monday, yet another loss since the all-star break. Kevin Neman had a double and three RBIs while Pablo Reyes had a home run and two RBIs. Bryan Reynolds went 3 for 5 with a solo home run and a double while Starling Marte had a triple and an RBI to finish off Pittsburgh’s scoring as a team in the losing effort. Jose Osuna had a double while Melky Cabrera added a base hit as well in the defeat. Dario Agrazal took the loss, falling to 2-3 on the year after allowing five runs on eight hits over five innings of work. Steven Brault will start game two and is 3-1 with a 4.15 ERA and 53 strikeouts this season. In his career, Brault is 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA and 41 strikeouts against Milwaukee.
Milwaukee is 3-11 in their last 14 road games against a left-handed starter and 2-5 in Anderson’s last 7 starts while the under is 15-6-2 in Anderson’s last 23 division starts. Pittsburgh is 1-9 in their last 10 home games and 2-13 in their last 15 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. Milwaukee is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams and 8-3 in Anderson’s last 11 starts against Pittsburgh.
The plus money with Pittsburgh and Brault is an option given the way Brault pitched last time we saw him, giving up just one run in back-to-back starts. However, Brault hasn’t pitched in a month, and the Pirates have been ice cold since the second half of the season started. Milwaukee hasn’t been much better lately and are falling out in the wild card race, but Anderson has pitched well and allowed two runs or less in each of his last eight starts. There’s simply no backing Pittsburgh right now, so I’ll lay the juice with Milwaukee in this spot.