The Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates will meet up on Wednesday night to continue their series of NL Central rivals. Milwaukee picked up a 9-0 win in the series opener, and this game could have a very similar result.
The Brewers continue to lead the NL Central Division, and it doesn’t appear as if they are going to get challenged as the season moves on. Milwaukee has improved their record to 59-42 on the season, and they have built up a seven-game lead in the division.
Pittsburgh has gone just 2-6 in their last eight games, and their record is now just 38-62 on the season. The Pirates are in last place in the Central Division, and it has been another rough year for the “Battlin’ Buccos.”
The Milwaukee Brewers are -136 in this game, and the over/under is 9.5 total runs.
Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates Preview: Pitchers Leading Brewers
The Brewers feature one of the best starting rotations in baseball, and they have a trio of pitchers that are putting up impressive strikeout numbers. Milwaukee shut out the Pirates on Tuesday night, and this could be another dominating performance.
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Adrian Houser starts on Wednesday night for Milwaukee, and he is not a member of the dominating trio for the Brewers. Houser has gone 6-5 with a 3.88 ERA this season, and he is good enough to deliver a dominating start.
The Brewers are right around league average in most offensive categories, but this team has been getting better at the plate. Milwaukee broke through with nine runs on Tuesday night, and this team has some power.
Avisail Garcia leads the team with 17 home runs and 59 RBIs, but this team has started to manufacture runs.
Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates Preview: Pirates Losing Talent
The MLB Trade Deadline is always an important time of the year for the Pirates franchise as it is another chance to reload with some young talent. That also means saying goodbye to the best players on the roster each year, and that has already happened to the Pirates this time around.
Pittsburgh just traded left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson to the Seattle Mariners, and he was expected to start on Wednesday night against Milwaukee. This will leave the Pirates looking to find a pitcher, and there aren’t very many solid options to choose from.
Pittsburgh has a team ERA of 4.92 this season, and that number should continue to inflate as the season moves along. Milwaukee doesn’t have a dominant offensive lineup, but the Brewers are going to be good enough to take advantage of a bad Pirates staff.
The Pirates also have trouble scoring runs this season as they are dead last in MLB in total runs scored. Don’t expect Pittsburgh to get shut out again on Wednesday night, but they aren’t going to put up many runs.
Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates Preview and Pick: Brew Crew Beat up On Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates are good at playing the role of “spoiler,” but they are just several overmatched in this game. Pittsburgh doesn’t even have a starting pitcher named for this matchup, and it’s going to be a long night.
Milwaukee has to dominate the bad teams on their schedule if they want to stay atop of the NL Central Division, and this is a great opportunity. The Pirates are too busy saying goodbye to a number of their teammates to really focus on winning games.
Look for another blowout on Wednesday night, as Milwaukee will break out the big bats in this matchup. Bet the Milwaukee Brewers -1.5 as they roll to another win over the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.