Thursday, September 3, 2015
For Updated Odds on This Game Click Here
Probable Pitchers: Francisco Liriano (9-6) vs. Taylor Jungmann (8-5)
The Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday at Miller Park. The probable starters are Francisco Liriano for the Pirates and Taylor Jungmann for the Brewers. The opening line for this matchup has Pittsburgh at -155 and Milwaukee at +145. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Pirates, with a 58-72 run line record, cover the spread 45% of the time. They also have a 57-61 over/under record. The Brewers are 60-71 against the run line and have a 63-59 over/under record. They cover the spread 46% of the time.
The Pirates show up with a 79-51 record, including 33-30 on the road. Francisco Liriano has an earned run average of 3.28 and is 9-6 so far on the season while having a 1.16 WHIP. In his starts, the Pirates are 15-10 over his 153.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 122 hits during those innings. The Pirates are also 14-7 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 5.2 runs when he starts. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 2.55 and they've given up 355 hits on the season. The bullpen has struck out 356 and walked 124 batters this season while opposing teams hit .231 against them. Pittsburgh has a team average of 8.45 hits allowed per game and are averaging 7.85 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.16, they are 2nd in the league.
Pittsburgh is batting .260 as a team, which is good for 8th in the league and hitting .256 away from home. Ranked at 11th in the league in on-base percentage, the Pirates sit at .322 and they hold a .397 team slugging percentage. With 139 hits, Andrew McCutchen leads the team while his team ranks 7th in hits per game with 9.01.
Milwaukee is 31-39 at home while holding a 56-75 overall record on the season. Taylor Jungmann is starting this game 8-5 for the season with an earned run average of 2.48 and a WHIP of 1.17. In his starts, the Brewers are 9-6 and he has allowed 74 hits over 90.2 innings pitched this season. The Brewers are also 4-9 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 4 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.60 and they have given up 357 hits on the season. The Brewers bullpen has struck out 419 batters and walked 137 this season while opposing teams have hit .233 against them. Milwaukee has a team average of 9 hits per game and are averaging 7.96 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.25, they are 23rd in the league.
They are batting .251 as a team, which is good for 20th in the league and hitting .251 at home. Ranked at 23rd in the league in on-base percentage, the Brewers sit at .306 and they hold a .396 team slugging percentage. With 134 hits, Gerardo Parra leads the team while his team ranks 20th in hits per game with 8.46.
The Pirates have committed 96 errors and have combined for 1,538 assists and 3,587 put outs leading to a .982 team fielding percentage. Over the course of this season, the Brewers have accumulated 93 errors while having 1,333 assists and 3,479 put outs leading to a .981 fielding percentage.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 57-61 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 58-72 against the run line so far this season
Milwaukee Brewers Betting Trends
The Milwaukee Brewers are 63-59 against the over/under so far this season
The Milwaukee Brewers are 60-71 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/02/15 P Casey Sadler Forearm Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (9/1)
08/24/15 1B Travis Ishikawa Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/20)
08/08/15 P Deolis Guerra Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/7)
08/01/15 P A.J. Burnett Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/31)
07/19/15 CF Gorkys Hernandez Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/13)
06/24/15 RF Corey Hart Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/22)
05/07/15 LF Andrew Lambo Plantar Fasciitis Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/4)
04/06/15 P Brandon Cumpton Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
08/21/15 P Tyler Cravy Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/19)
08/14/15 P Michael Blazek Hand Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/13)
Guy's Pick: Take the Pirates
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Read more articles by Guy Bruhn
Get all of Today's MLB Picks
Get all of Today's Guaranteed Expert MLB Picks