Pittsburgh Pirates vs Milwaukee Brewers Prediction, 4/18/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Milwaukee Brewers
Date: Monday, April 18, 2022
Location: American Family Field in Milwaukee, WI
TV: Bally Sports Wisconsin
Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh (+155) Milwaukee (-185)
American Family Field is the site where the Milwaukee Brewers (5-5) will compete against the Pittsburgh Pirates (5-4) on Monday. The odds on this game have Pittsburgh at +155 while Milwaukee is priced at -185. The betting total comes in at 8.5. The starting pitchers are Zach Thompson and Eric Lauer.
As a squad, the Pittsburgh Pirates are scoring 4.4 runs per outing, which puts them at 12th in the league. They have accounted for 35 runs and have an OBP of .333. The Pirates have earned 13 doubles as a squad and have smacked 5 balls out of the stadium. They have accrued 32 RBI's in addition to 73 base knocks on the year, while their team batting average is .269. Pittsburgh has a slugging % of .395 and have been called out on strikes 71 times, while taking a walk on 27 occasions.
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The Pirates have a team ERA of 4.89 for the year (26th in the league), and the staff has struck out 55 batters. Their pitching staff has walked 36 opposing hitters and their FIP is 4.83 as a unit for the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 1.53 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.44. Pirates pitchers have given up 9 home runs in addition to 38 runs in total (17th in MLB).
Pirates bullpen pitchers have entered the contest with runners on 7 times as well as having 4 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have notched 1 hold so far this year (29th in the league). The Pirates relief pitchers have recorded a save rate of 100.0% and has entered the game in 3 save situations. They have accumulated 1 save for the year and have blown 0 of their 1 save opportunities. The relief pitchers have inherited 9 base runners on the year with 33.3% of those runners ended up crossing the plate. The Pirates have dispatched 27 relievers to the hill so far this season.
The Pirates have converted 71.4% of balls in play into outs in their 630 innings, which has them ranked 12th in MLB. The Pittsburgh Pirates have accounted for 210 putouts on the year, in addition to 70 assists and 4 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .986 which puts them in 15th in MLB, and they have turned 7 double plays.
Thompson (3-7 record in his career) sits with a FIP of 3.78 while he has faced 333 hitters in the major leagues. He has surrendered 68 hits (7.7 hits per nine innings) and has 29 free passes. His earned run average is 3.30 (29 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.228. Thompson has pitched in 79 frames and is sitting with 69 K's so far in his pro baseball career.
The Brewers have a slugging percentage of .331 and they average 2.78 runs per game (28th in the league). They have recorded 16 doubles, while walking 28 times and scoring 25 runs. Milwaukee has accumulated 5 long balls for the season as well as 24 RBIs. They have been called out on strikes on 75 instances (16th in baseball) and have notched a total of 61 hits. The Milwaukee Brewers have compiled an on-base percentage of .287 in addition to a batting average of .210 over the course of the season.
The Brewers have a team WHIP of 1.385 and are the owners of a FIP of 3.93 as a squad on the season. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 1.88 (77 strikeouts vs 41 walks). They are currently ranked 19th in baseball as a staff in total hits allowed with 67. They have surrendered 6 homers and they relinquish 4.50 runs per 9 innings (20th in the league). The Milwaukee pitching staff have surrendered 39 runs on the campaign while having a team ERA of 4.27 (37 earned runs conceded).
With 10 save situations, the Brewers have amassed 5 holds and 2 blown saves. Milwaukee has had relief pitchers step onto the mound in 5 save opportunities and they have tallied 3 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the field 13 times in high leverage situations and also on 9 occasions with base runners. Milwaukee bullpen pitchers have an inherited score rate of 31.3% out of 16 inherited base runners. They are ranked 20th in baseball with a save percentage of 60.0%, and they have dispatched 31 relievers to the mound this season.
In 702 innings on the field, the Brewers are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 69.6% (20th in the majors). The Milwaukee Brewers have gotten 6 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .981 (24th in the majors). The Brewers have accrued 79 assists, 6 errors and have accounted for 234 putouts this year.
Thus far in his career, Lauer has allowed 399 hits while he has accumulated 372 strikeouts in 395 innings pitched. He has allowed 189 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.385 and a FIP of 4.3. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.50 and he has faced 1,724 batters during his pro baseball career. Lauer (21-24 win-loss record in his career) has a 4.30 earned run average while giving up 9.1 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+155)
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