Milwaukee Brewers vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 8/14/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Milwaukee Brewers vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (-185) Pittsburgh (+140)
Eric Lauer and the Milwaukee Brewers (70-46, 1st in NL Central) travel to PNC Park on Saturday where they'll meet the Pittsburgh Pirates (41-74, 5th in NL Central). The Pirates open this contest at +140 while the Brewers are priced at -185. The total is set at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Eric Lauer and Bryse Wilson.
The Brewers have tallied 178 doubles as a unit and have hit 144 balls out of the park. Milwaukee has a slugging % of .398 and have struck out 1,085 times, while being walked on 428 occasions. As a squad, the Milwaukee Brewers are notching 4.7 runs per game, which has them at 11th in MLB. They have 519 runs batted in as well as 894 hits so far this season, while their batting average sits at .232. They have earned a total of 543 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .318.
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Brewers pitchers have allowed 115 long balls and 427 total runs (2nd in baseball). They have walked 393 opposing players and their FIP sits at 3.68 as a squad for the year. Their K/BB ratio is 2.97 and their pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.17. The Brewers have a team ERA of 3.29 so far this year (2nd in the league), and they have rung up 1,167 hitters.
The Brewers have sent 377 relievers to the mound this season. The relief pitchers have inherited 99 runners this year and 33.3% of them ended up crossing the plate. They have compiled 30 saves for the year and have missed out on 22 out of their 52 save chances. The Brewers relief pitchers have compiled a save rate of 57.7% and has entered the game in 112 save situations. The relief pitchers are sitting with 59 holds on the season (15th in baseball). Brewers pitchers have come into the game with runners on base 74 times in addition to having 143 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Milwaukee Brewers have 3,105 putouts on the year, as well as 960 assists and 74 errors. Their fielding rate is currently at .982 which ranks 26th in pro baseball, and have accumulated 737 double plays. The Brewers have turned 71.0% of balls hit into play into outs out of 9,315 innings, which ranks them 5th in the majors.
Lauer has taken the ball for 342 innings and has accounted for 317 strikeouts thus far in his career. Lauer (18-23 career record) has earned a FIP of 4.44 while he has faced 1,509 hitters in the majors. His ERA is 4.50 (171 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.444. He has conceded 362 hits (9.5 hits per nine innings) with 132 walks.
Pittsburgh has compiled 91 home runs for the year as well as 389 runs batted in. They have notched 177 two-baggers, while getting a free base 358 times and putting up 412 runs. The Pittsburgh Pirates hold a team on-base percentage of .304 and a batting average of .234 for the season. The Pirates have a SLG% of .362 and they are earning 3.58 runs per contest (30th in baseball). They have been rung up on 939 occasions (25th in the league) and have notched a total of 890 base hits.
The Pirates hold a team WHIP of 1.411 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.68 as a unit so far this season. Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.20 (940 strikeouts vs 428 walks). They are sitting at 22nd in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 968. They have allowed 147 long balls and they allow 5.41 runs per 9 innings (27th in baseball). The Pittsburgh pitching staff have allowed 595 runs so far this season while holding an ERA of 5.09 (559 earned runs conceded).
Sitting with 74 save situations, the Pirates have earned 47 holds and also 10 blown saves. Pittsburgh has called on relief pitchers to take the mound in 25 save chances and they have recorded 15 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 85 times in high leverage situations and also on 87 occasions with base runners. Pittsburgh relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 33.8% out of their 148 inherited base runners. They rank 16th in baseball holding a save percentage of 60.0%, and they have sent 396 bullpen pitchers to the mound over the course of the season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have turned 98 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .986 (6th in the majors). The Pirates have accrued 996 assists, 56 errors and have notched a total of 2,968 putouts for the season. In their 8,904 innings played, the Pirates hold a efficiency on defense of 68.9% (21st in baseball).
So far in his career, Wilson has surrendered 101 base knocks and he has 65 K's in 85 innings pitched. Wilson (5-6 career win-loss mark) has earned a 5.17 ERA and has allowed 10.7 hits per nine innings. He has allowed a total of 49 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.605 and having a FIP of 5.1. His K/BB ratio is 1.81 and he has gone up against 381 hitters in his pro baseball career.
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Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+140)
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