MLB Baseball Betting: Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers

Added September 02, 2015 by Levi Watkins

It’s easy to feel sorry for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They’ve been playing great baseball down the stretch, have the second best record in the National League and the third best record in Major League Baseball. Despite this, there’s a very good chance they’ll enter the playoffs as a wildcard. They’ve been unable to run down the NL Central leading St. Louis Cardinals–who have the best record in the division, National League and Majors. Nothing wrong with the Pirates’ recent form–they’ve won 7 of their last 10 and 9 of their last 13. The only problem is that’s not going to catch the Cardinals who are 9-1 in their last 10 and 10-3 in their last 13. Pittsburgh is still 6 games behind the division leaders though they’re five games ahead of the NL’s second wildcard team (the Chicago Cubs) and six games ahead of the last team out of the postseason, the San Francisco Giants.

This has been the story for much of the season but to their credit Pittsburgh hasn’t relented. It would be easy for a team to get frustrated in their situation but the Pirates just keep focusing on the one thing they *can* control–their own play. They’ve lost two straight but that’s going to happen, even to the best teams. They’ve got a perfect chance to get back in the win column tonight facing the lowly Milwaukee Brewers and a pitcher making his major league debut. Davies had decent numbers in the minors this season but nothing to suggest that he’s capable of dominating the Pirates. In fact, that’s not his game–he’s a finesse pitcher who relies on a knowledge of batter and mixing up pitches. This can be effective at the Major League Level but has a steeper learning curve than ‘power’ pitchers.

Brewers have won 5 of 7 against the Pirates at Milwaukee this year but before last night the teams hadn’t played since mid July. Brewers have been a horrible investment at home this year (30-39 -12.6 units) and we’ve been impressed all season by the Pirates’ resilience. They’ve got a huge series against St. Louis on deck for the weekend but these games are just as important.


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