Pittsburgh Pirates vs Milwaukee Brewers Prediction, 8/29/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Milwaukee Brewers
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020
Location: Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI
Odds/Point Spread: Pirates (+161) Brewers (-175)
Miller Park is the venue where Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers (13-17, 4th in NL Central) will play the Pittsburgh Pirates (9-19, 5th in NL Central) on Saturday. The Brewers open this matchup at -175 while the Pirates are priced at +161. The over/under has been set at 9.5. The pitchers taking the mound are JT Brubaker and Brett Anderson.
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
8/28/2020 Kyle Crick RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/28/2020 Keone Kela RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 17
8/27/2020 Colin Moran DH Concussion Expected to be out until at least Sep 3
8/26/2020 Joe Musgrove SP Triceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
8/25/2020 Yacksel Rios RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 23
8/19/2020 Phillip Evans 3B Jaw Out for the season
8/19/2020 Mitch Keller SP Oblique Expected to be out until at least Sep 2
8/11/2020 Clay Holmes RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
8/6/2020 Michael Feliz RP Forearm Out for the season
8/6/2020 Nick Burdi RP Elbow Out for the season
7/23/2020 Luke Maile C Finger Out for the season
6/30/2020 Kevin Kramer RF Hip Out for the season
6/30/2020 Chris Archer SP Shoulder Out for the season
2/13/2020 Jameson Taillon SP Elbow Out for the season
Key Milwaukee Brewers Injuries
8/27/2020 Manny Pina C Knee Probable for Aug 28
8/24/2020 Justin Grimm RP Finger Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/20/2020 Corey Knebel RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 30
8/13/2020 Ray Black RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Pirates have a 9-19 overall record this season. Brubaker has taken the hill for 15 innings and has racked up 16 strikeouts. His earned run average is 4.80 (8 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.467. He has surrendered 15 base knocks (9.0 hits per 9 innings) and has had 7 free passes. Brubaker (0-0 mark) is the owner of a FIP of 3.53 and he has gone up against 68 hitters. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.24 and they have given up 115 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .210 against the bullpen and they've struck out 135 hitters and walked 67 batters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 5. The Pirates pitchers collectively have given up 229 base hits and 137 earned runs. They have allowed 39 home runs this season, ranking them 18th in the league. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 125 batters and struck out 237. They have walked 4.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.44 and their FIP as a unit is 5.03.
As a team Pittsburgh is hitting .219, good for 26th in the league. The Pirates hold a .337 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .275, which is good for 30th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 7.3 hits per game. Kevin Newman is hitting .268 with an on-base percentage of .302. He has 22 hits this season in 82 at bats with 6 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .341 and an OPS+ of 77. Adam Frazier is hitting .198 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .234. He has totaled 21 hits and he has driven in 10 men in 106 at bats. His OPS+ is 53 while his slugging percentage is at .330. The Pirates have 204 hits, including 31 doubles and 25 home runs. Pittsburgh has walked 69 times so far this season and they have struck out 244 times as a unit. They have left 149 men on base and have a team OPS of .612. They score 3.96 runs per contest and have scored a total of 111 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Milwaukee has a 13-17 overall mark this year. Anderson (61-63 win-loss record in his career) has a 4.04 ERA while surrendering 9.6 hits per nine innings. He has a SO/W ratio of 2.58 and he has faced 4,314 opposing batters during his MLB career. During his career, Anderson has allowed 1,089 base knocks and he has 699 punchouts in 1,020 innings pitched. He has conceded a total of 458 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.333 and a FIP of 4.0. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.22 and they have given up 102 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .195 against the Brewers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 164 batters and walked 53 opposing hitters. As a team, Milwaukee allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.58. The Brewers pitchers as a team have surrendered 246 base knocks and 134 earned runs this season. They have given up 40 home runs this year, which ranks 13th in Major League Baseball. Milwaukee as a staff has walked 105 hitters and struck out 307 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 4.24.
As a team, they are batting .211, good for 29th in the league. The Brewers hold a .363 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .294, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 6.9 hits per contest. Christian Yelich comes into this matchup batting .190 with an OBP of .320. He has 20 hits this year along with 15 RBI in 105 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .448 with an OPS+ of 105. Orlando Arcia is hitting .264 this season and he has an OBP of .346. He has collected 19 hits in 72 at bats while driving in 9 runs. He has an OPS+ of 93 and a slugging percentage of .361. The Brewers as a unit have 207 base hits, including 40 doubles and 34 homers. Milwaukee has walked 100 times this year and they have struck out on 290 occasions. They have had 188 men left on base and have an OPS of .658. They have scored 3.73 runs per game and totaled 112 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Pirates/Brewers MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Pirates (+161)
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