Pittsburgh Pirates vs Milwaukee Brewers Prediction, 8/31/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Milwaukee Brewers
Date: Monday, August 31, 2020
Location: Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI
Odds/Point Spread: Pirates (+237) Brewers (-265)
Kevin Newman and the Pittsburgh Pirates (9-21, 5th in NL Central) head to Miller Park on Monday where they'll meet the Milwaukee Brewers (15-17, 3rd in NL Central). The odds on this matchup have the Pirates priced at +237 and the Brewers are at -265. The O/U has been set at 9.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Trevor Williams and Eric Lauer.
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
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 Mitch Keller SP Oblique Expected to be out until at least Sep 2
8/19/2020 Phillip Evans 3B Jaw Out for the season
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
8/30/2020 Avisail Garcia CF Ankle Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/30/2020 Corey Knebel RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/28/2020 Manny Pina C Knee Expected to be out until at least Sep 27
8/13/2020 Ray Black RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Pirates have a 9-21 overall record this season. Williams has thrown 509 innings and has totaled 393 K's during his MLB career. His earned run average is 4.29 (243 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.320. He has given up 506 hits (8.9 hits per nine innings) with 166 free passes. Williams (30-34 record in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 4.45 while he has faced 2,174 hitters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.41 and they have given up 121 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .210 against the bullpen and they've struck out 142 hitters and walked 68 batters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 5.24. The Pirates pitchers collectively have given up 244 base hits and 153 earned runs. They have allowed 46 home runs this season, ranking them 7th in the league. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 133 batters and struck out 258. They have walked 4.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.44 and their FIP as a unit is 5.20.
As a team Pittsburgh is hitting .219, good for 28th in the league. The Pirates hold a .339 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .277, which is good for 30th in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 7.3 hits per game. Kevin Newman is hitting .253 with an on-base percentage of .305. He has 22 hits this season in 87 at bats with 7 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .322 and an OPS+ of 73. Adam Frazier is hitting .202 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .242. He has totaled 23 hits and he has driven in 11 men in 114 at bats. His OPS+ is 54 while his slugging percentage is at .325. The Pirates have 218 hits, including 33 doubles and 27 home runs. Pittsburgh has walked 79 times so far this season and they have struck out 264 times as a unit. They have left 165 men on base and have a team OPS of .617. They score 3.93 runs per contest and have scored a total of 118 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Milwaukee has a 15-17 overall mark this year. During his MLB career, Lauer has allowed 300 hits while earning 248 strikeouts in 271 innings. He has given up a total of 141 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.487 and having a FIP of 4.4. He has a SO/W ratio of 2.41 and he has gone up against 1,206 opposing batters in his pro baseball career. Lauer (14-19 career mark) holds a 4.68 earned run average and has surrendered 10.0 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.20 and they have given up 104 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .188 against the Brewers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 171 batters and walked 62 opposing hitters. As a team, Milwaukee allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.51. The Brewers pitchers as a team have surrendered 260 base knocks and 141 earned runs this season. They have given up 42 home runs this year, which ranks 14th in Major League Baseball. Milwaukee as a staff has walked 115 hitters and struck out 327 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 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 4.22.
As a team, they are batting .212, good for 30th in the league. The Brewers hold a .380 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .297, 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 .202 with an OBP of .326. He has 22 hits this year along with 16 RBI in 109 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .486 with an OPS+ of 116. Orlando Arcia is hitting .266 this season and he has an OBP of .348. He has collected 21 hits in 79 at bats while driving in 10 runs. He has an OPS+ of 101 and a slugging percentage of .392. The Brewers as a unit have 222 base hits, including 45 doubles and 41 homers. Milwaukee has walked 108 times this year and they have struck out on 311 occasions. They have had 197 men left on base and have an OPS of .678. They have scored 4 runs per game and totaled 128 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Pirates/Brewers MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Pirates (+237)
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