Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Picks Against the Spread 5/31/2019
Friday, May 31, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Jhoulys Chacin vs. Chris Archer
PNC Park is the site where Josh Bell and the Pittsburgh Pirates (27-27, 3rd in NL Central) will play the Milwaukee Brewers (31-25, 2nd in NL Central) on Friday. The Brewers open this game at -120 while the Pirates are priced at +110. The total has been set at 8.5.
The Brewers have been awful for Las Vegas oddsmakers, having gone 31-25-0 SU. The Pirates are covering 50.0% of the time, going 27-27-0 straight up. The Brewers have been awful for Las Vegas oddsmakers as favorites, going 15-11-0 SU. Pittsburgh covers 47.1% of the time as an underdog, having gone 16-18-0 straight up.
Valuable Milwaukee Brewers Betting Trends
The Brewers have been a strong Under choice for over/under bettors, having gone 22-33-1.
The Brewers are covering 48.1% of the time as the visitor, having gone 13-14-0 straight up.
Important Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh covers 41.7% of the time at PNC Park, going 10-14-0 SU.
The Pirates have been a very good Over choice for over/under bettors, having gone 31-22-1.
Key Milwaukee Brewers Injuries
5/29/2019 Travis Shaw 3B Wrist Expected to be out until at least Jun 3
5/28/2019 Manny Pina C Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Jun 4
4/14/2019 Corey Knebel RP Elbow Out for the season
4/4/2019 Bobby Wahl RP Knee Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
2/19/2019 Brent Suter SP Elbow Out for the season
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
5/29/2019 Trevor Williams SP Side Expected to be out until at least Jun 14
5/28/2019 Jordan Lyles SP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Jun 2
5/27/2019 Corey Dickerson LF Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Jun 4
5/26/2019 Lonnie Chisenhall RF Calf Expected to be out until at least Jun 10
5/26/2019 Francisco Cervelli C Concussion Expected to be out until at least Jun 2
5/25/2019 Chris Stratton RP Side Expected to be out until at least Jun 4
5/23/2019 Jung Ho Kang 3B Side Expected to be out until at least Jun 4
5/22/2019 Nik Turley SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jun 4
5/16/2019 Keone Kela RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least May 30
5/13/2019 Jameson Taillon SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jul 4
5/11/2019 Nick Burdi RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Jun 30
4/25/2019 Erik Gonzalez SS Collarbone Expected to be out until at least Jul 4
3/28/2019 Edgar Santana RP Elbow Out for the season
3/1/2019 Chad Kuhl SP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Brewers have a 31-25 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin has a 3-6 record with an earned run average of 4.88 and a WHIP of 1.37 this season. He has 42 strikeouts over his 55.1 innings pitched and he's given up 51 hits. He's allowed 8.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.72. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.40 and they have given up 190 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the bullpen and they've struck out 251 hitters and walked 97 batters. As a team, Milwaukee allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.33. The Brewers pitchers collectively have given up 471 base hits and 244 earned runs. They have allowed 82 home runs this season, ranking them 5th in the league. Milwaukee as a pitching staff has walked 199 batters and struck out 516. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 4.48.
As a team Milwaukee is hitting .248, good for 18th in the league. The Brewers hold a .439 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 17th in MLB with 8.5 hits per game. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .257 with an on-base percentage of .313. He has 56 hits this season in 218 at bats with 20 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .385 and an OPS+ of 81. Mike Moustakas is hitting .256 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .322. He has totaled 50 hits and he has driven in 32 men in 195 at bats. His OPS+ is 116 while his slugging percentage is at .523. The Brewers have 475 hits, including 84 doubles and 92 home runs. Milwaukee has walked 213 times so far this season and they have struck out 541 times as a unit. They have left 387 men on base and have a team OPS of .768. They score 4.88 runs per contest and have scored a total of 273 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Pittsburgh has a 27-27 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.75, Chris Archer has a 1-5 record and a 1.55 WHIP. He has 40 strikeouts over the 40.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 39 hits. He's allowing 8.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.57. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.92 and they have given up 205 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .255 against the Pirates bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 225 batters and walked 95 opposing hitters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.78. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 471 base knocks and 256 earned runs this season. They have given up 63 home runs this year, which ranks 27th in Major League Baseball. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 190 hitters and struck out 473 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.37 while their FIP as a staff is 4.19.
As a team, they are batting .251, good for 15th in the league. The Pirates hold a .398 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .309, which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 11th in MLB with 8.7 hits per contest. Josh Bell comes into this matchup batting .345 with an OBP of .409. He has 71 hits this year along with 51 RBI in 206 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .718 with an OPS+ of 195. Melky Cabrera is hitting .323 this season and he has an OBP of .360. He has collected 50 hits in 155 at bats while driving in 16 runs. He has an OPS+ of 114 and a slugging percentage of .439. The Pirates as a unit have 470 base hits, including 95 doubles and 54 homers. Pittsburgh has walked 142 times this year and they have struck out on 447 occasions. They have had 379 men left on base and have an OPS of .708. They have scored 4.06 runs per game and totaled 219 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Brewers/Pirates MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Pirates +110
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