Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers 8/22/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/21/2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Miller Park in Milwaukee
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On Friday night, Jeff Locke (4-3) will try to keep his undefeated month of August going when he and the Pittsburgh Pirates face off against veteran Yovani Gallardo (8-6) and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Jeff Locke ended up with a no decision against the Washington Nationals last Saturday despite pitching 5.2 scoreless innings in that game. He gave up four hits in that outing and struck out six batters while walking two. Locke now has a 3.73 ERA following that game and he has only walked 19 batters in 91.2 innings this season.
Brewers All-Star Carlos Gomez has five hits in his 11 at-bats against Locke with a double, a home run and four RBI. Shortstop Jean Segura is 2-for-12 against him with a home run and two strikeouts.
Yovani Gallardo was able to pick up his second win in a row last Saturday when he beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on the road. He gave up just one run in eight innings of work that day while walking one batter and striking out three. His ERA is now down to 3.32 on the year and he has given up just 0.9 home runs per nine innings.
Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is 15-for-49 against Gallardo in his career with three doubles, a triple and three home runs. Pedro Alvarez is just 2-for-29 against him with six walks and 12 strikeouts.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 60-58-8 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is 0
Milwaukee Brewers Betting Trends
Milwaukee Brewers are 61-62-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Milwaukee Brewers is 0.4
Injuries to Watch
08/18/14 P Charlie Morton Hip 15-day DL (8/16)
08/16/14 P Stolmy Pimentel Ankle 15-day DL (8/14)
07/06/14 SS Clint Barmes Groin 15-day DL (6/30)
08/20/14 P Kyle Lohse Ankle questionable
08/05/14 P Matt Garza Oblique 15-day DL (8/4)
07/18/14 3B Jeff Bianchi Elbow 15-day DL (7/13)
07/10/14 P Wei-Chung Wang Shoulder 15-day DL (7/9)
06/09/14 P Tyler Thornburg Elbow 60-day DL (6/7)
05/02/14 P Jim Henderson Shoulder 60-day DL (5/2) out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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