Free Picks: Service Plays for Friday, May 24

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Indiana at Miami
The Heat look to follow up their 103-102 win in Game 1 and build on their 6-1 ATS record in their last 7 games after scoring 100 points or more in the previous game. Miami is the pick (-7) according to Dunkel, which has the Heat favored by 9. Dunkel Pick: Miami (-7)

Game 507-508: Indiana at Miami (8:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Indiana 119.860; Miami 129.059
Dunkel Line & Total: Miami by 9; 177
Vegas Line & Total: Miami by 7; 180 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Miami (-7); Under

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Ottawa at Pittsburgh 
The Penguins look to follow up their 7-3 win in Game 4 and build on their 7-2 record in their last 9 games after scoring 5 goals or more in the previous game. Pittsburgh is the pick (-220) according to Dunkel, which has the Penguins favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-220)

Game 51-52: Ottawa at Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Ottawa 12.012; Pittsburgh 13.660
Dunkel Line & Total: Pittsburgh by 1 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Pittsburgh (-220); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-220); Under

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Cleveland at Boston
The Indians look to follow up their 12-3 win yesterday and build on their 14-3 record in their last 17 games after scoring 5 runs or more in the previous game. Cleveland is the pick (+100) according to Dunkel, which has the Indians favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (+100)

Game 951-952: Philadelphia at Washington (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia (Kendrick) 14.160; Washington (Zimmermann) 15.280
Dunkel Line: Washington by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Washington (-165); 7
Dunkel Pick: Washington (-165); Over

Game 953-954: Atlanta at NY Mets (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta (Medlen) 15.906; NY Mets (Hefner) 14.143
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 2; 7
Vegas Line: Atlanta (-160); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (-160); Under

Game 955-956: Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cubs (Feldman) 15.959; Cincinnati (Arroyo) 15.334
Dunkel Line: Chicago Cubs by 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Cincinnati (-160); 8
Dunkel Pick: Chicago Cubs (+140); Under

Game 957-958: Pittsburgh at Milwaukee (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh (Burnett) 15.370; Milwaukee (Estrada) 13.623
Dunkel Line: Pittsburgh by 1 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Milwaukee (-110); 8
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-110); Over

Game 959-960: San Diego at Arizona (9:40 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego (Stults) 16.309; Arizona (McCarthy) 15.216
Dunkel Line: San Diego by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Arizona (-145); 9
Dunkel Pick: San Diego (+125); Under

Game 961-962: St. Louis at LA Dodgers (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis (Lynn) 14.947; LA Dodgers (Capuano) 15.487
Dunkel Line: LA Dodgers by 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: St. Louis (-130); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: LA Dodgers (+110); Over

Game 963-964: Colorado at San Francisco (10:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado (Chatwood) 15.970; San Francisco (Lincecum) 14.781
Dunkel Line: Colorado by 1; 9
Vegas Line: San Francisco (-155); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Colorado (+135); Over

Game 965-966: Baltimore at Toronto (7:07 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Baltimore (Tillman) 16.178; Toronto (Nolin) 15.239
Dunkel Line: Baltimore by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Baltimore (-120); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Baltimore (-120); Under

Game 967-968: Minnesota at Detroit (7:08 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota (Deduno) 13.449; Detroit (Sanchez) 16.180
Dunkel Line: Detroit by 2 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Detroit (-230); 9
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-230); Under

Game 969-970: NY Yankees at Tampa Bay (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Yankees (Phelps) 15.980; Tampa Bay (Hernandez) 16.872
Dunkel Line: Tampa Bay by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Tampa Bay (-110); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (-110); Over

Game 971-972: Cleveland at Boston (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland (Masterson) 16.095; Boston (Lackey) 14.976
Dunkel Line: Cleveland by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Boston (-120); 9
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (+100); Under

Game 973-974: Oakland at Houston (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oakland (Milone) 14.301; Houston (Bedard) 15.101
Dunkel Line: Houston by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Oakland (-165); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Houston (+145); Over

Game 975-976: LA Angels at Kansas City (8:40 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Angels (Vargas) 15.961; Kansas City (Mendoza) 14.586
Dunkel Line: LA Angels by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: LA Angels (-120); 9
Dunkel Pick: LA Angels (-120); Under

Game 977-978: Texas at Seattle (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas (Grimm) 14.594; Seattle (Saunders) 15.196
Dunkel Line: Seattle by 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Texas (-130); 8
Dunkel Pick: Seattle (+110); Over

Game 979-980: Miami at Chicago White Sox (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Miami (Koehler) 14.541; White Sox (Danks) 13.827
Dunkel Line: Miami by 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Chicago White Sox (-185); 8
Dunkel Pick: Miami (+165); Over

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Lance Lynn (6-1, 3.27 ERA) gets the call for the visitors; Lynn is coming off a no-decision vs. the Brewers on Saturday in which he gave up four runs off eight hits over five frames of work; he'd strike out three and walk two. For the most part Lynn has been the very model of consistency this year and he'll look to bounce back with a better effort vs. a team he's enjoyed success against in the past, going 1-0 with a very respectable 3.75 ERA in two career starts at Dodger Stadium. Lynn will be opposed by Chris Capuano (1-2, 4.84 ERA) who went eight frames on Saturday vs. the Braves, allowing five hits, leaving the game with a 1-0 lead with a strained calf: "It wasn't affecting pitch execution out there," Capuano assessed afterwards. "It just feels a little tired. I've got an extra day before the next start (Friday against the Cardinals). With treatment and stuff we should be able to get that ready." The southpaw is 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA over his last three starts, allowing two runs off 10 hits with a walk over his last two. Two competent starters going head to head vs. a couple of inconsistent lineups; I feel the table is set for a low-scoring pitchers duel.

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Washington is a huge park, great for pitchers, and a pair of righties are on the mound who don't walk anyone and are tough to hit. Philly righty Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 2.82 ERA) has walked 14 in 60+ innings and the under is 6-1 in Phillies last 7 road games. The Philly offense is awful, 25th in baseball in runs scored, 26th in on base percentage. The under is 4-1 in the Phillies last 5 road games vs. a right-handed starter and they face Jordan Zimmermann (7-2, 1.62 ERA) who is having a dominant season. But this Washington offense is as bad as the Phillies, 28th in runs, batting average, OBP and slugging. The Under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings, including 5-0 under the total in Washington. Play the Phillies/Nationals under the total.

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Pacers and Heat struggled on offense up until halftime but then the teams started to gain offensive momentum and combined to score 126 points in the second half and overtime. Miami especially struggled in the first half looking to shake off the rust from a six-day layoff, but were able to dictate a faster game pace as the game went on and we expect that same type of up-tempo style in Friday's Game Two. Pacers are 17-8 Over playing with same-season revenge while Miami is 18-9 Over as a home favorite of 6.5 to 12 points and 16-6 Over on their home court after failing to cover the spread. No offense rust tonight and they can cover this low total well before the final whistle.

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Obviously, I'm on a real tear on the basepaths right now. Really, it's been going on all season as I'm 69-32 L101 MLB plays & 45-17 L62! But with Thursday's 3-0 SWEEP, things are really amping up as I'm 15-2 my last 17.  Those records don't even include the success I've been having with my free plays. Today, I'm going to take Cincinnati as the host the Cubs.....
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Starter Scott Feldman does give the beleaguered Cubbies somewhat of a fighting chance here, but it won't be enough against the red hot Reds.  Cincinnati comes into tonight having won 10 of 12.  They also have the advantage of having had Thursday off while the Cubs were in Pittsburgh.  Chicago got swept by the Pirates (I had the Under y'day) and has now lost four in a row.  Things are once again not looking good on the Northside. A big reason why is that they are scoring less than three runs per game on the road.
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The Reds come in averaging 5.5 runs per game at home and will be starting Bronson Arroyo, a hot pitcher in his own right. Arroyo hasn't allowed any runs in either of his last two starts (14+ IP)  & has a career 3.04 ERA in 26 starts vs. Chicago.  Already this season, the Reds are 5-1 head to head w/ the Cubs.  Why not lay the juice with the far better team at home?

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The Pirates wound up being a pretty easy winner for me Thursday afternoon, but that was at home and against the Cubs. The win completed an 8-2 homestand for Pittsburgh, but now its back out on the road where they're not nearly as effective.  First stop is Milwaukee where they'll find the division rival Brewers seeking revenge.
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1. Homefield Advantage - This makes a big difference for both clubs, neither of which has been very good away from home for the past several seasons. The Pirates have started to turn things around somewhat this year, but are only 11-9 overall.  Tonight's starter AJ Burnett has never been good on the road throughout his career with a 77-109 TSR (-33.9 units). Milwaukee is 93-47 at home vs. righties the last three seasons.
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2. Payback - Pittsburgh took two of three from Milwaukee at PNC Park to start their homestand.  But the one pitcher the Brewers beat was Burnett.  Here at Miller Park, the Brewers are 16-5 vs. the Pirates the last three years, including 2-1 this season, which builds off what I was talking about above.
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3.  X-Factor -  Marco Estrada starts tonight for Milwaukee. While he hasn't had the best season so far, he did beat Pittsburgh & Burnett on May 13th, throwing seven innings of three-hit ball.  He's 4-0 in seven career starts (6-1 TSR, 0.824 WHIP) vs. the Pirates.

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Pittsburgh over Milwaukee

I think that Pittsburgh will be a solid favorite on the road in this game. They should be around -130 to -145. But I think Pittsburgh is worth the price. Milwaukee is just 4-17 in its last 21 games, and they are in a tailspin. This team lost three of four at Pittsburgh in mid-May, and the Pirates should get the job done this weekend for a series win. A.J. Burnett is on the mound for the Pirates in this one. The Pitt ace has just a 2.57 ERA on the year and has seven of eight quality starts. He has revenge for a loss to the Brewers on May 13, and I think he will get it. The Brewers are going with Marco Estrada in this one. He has a 5.44 ERA this year and has given up 18 runs in his last 20 innings. The Pirates lost to him the last time out, but they will be better since they just faced him two weeks ago. These two teams are on different paths. Take the road favorite in this game. They are worth the price!!.

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Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City Royals
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When the Angles send Jason Vargas to the bump in Kansas City Friday evening in Game Two of this four-game series at Kauffman Stadium they will do so knowing he is 5-1 in his career teams starts against the Royals, with wins in each of his last five starts. In addition, Vargas has cashed in each of his last five-team starts during the month of May. Look for more of the same this evening. We recommend a 1-unit play on the Angels.

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Justin Masterson has been nothing short of spectacular for the Indians this season. He has posted a 7-2 record in 10 starts with a 2.83 ERA and 1.129 WHIP. In his last three starts he has improved on those numbers with a 1.17 ERA and 0.783 WHIP to go along with his 3-0 record. The Indian’s bullpen has been solid this season and with Masterson averaging 7.7 innings per game over his last three starts they should be able to easily pick up the save.
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The Red Sox have not been hitting well posting a .243 batting average over their last 7 games. The bullpen has been blowing saves 50% of the time at home this season so even with Lackey on the mound Boston will be in trouble. Especially when you consider the fact that the Indians are averaging 6.4 runs per game with a .270 batting average over their last 7 games. With the way Cleveland is hitting and having Masterson on the mound it seems like the wrong team is favored in this game.

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While we realize its never a great idea to lay over two to one, We will make an exception here in this one for our Free play. The Penguins are in a solid situation here tonight illustrated by the grid below, which shows home teams in Game 5 that are up 3-1 and have won games one and two at home, lost game 3 on the road and won game 4 on the road are 11-2 straight up all time in this round, good for 84%. The Penguins are 6-1 at home vs Ottawa and 16-3 of late vs winning teams, they are 20-8 after scoring 4 or more goals and 20-6 after a win by 2 or more goals. Ottawa is 3-8 with home loss revenge and 4-9 on the road when the total is 5.5. Look for Pittsburgh to send the Senators packing.

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The St. Louis Cardinals have a massive edge on the mound with Lance Lynn over Chris Capuano tonight. I'll gladly side with the small road favorite in this one. The Cardinals (30-16) are clearly the better team over the Dodgers (19-26).
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Lynn is 6-1 with a 3.27 ERA and 1.164 WHIP through nine starts this season. Capuano is 1-2 with a 5.49 ERA and 1.424 WHIP through four starts this season, including 1-2 with an 8.03 ERA and 1.865 WHIP in his last three home starts.
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St. Louis is 9-1 (+8.5 Units) against the money line vs. an average bullpen whose ERA is 3.75 to 4.50 this season. The Cardinals are 80-38 (+27.6 Units) against the money line vs. teams outscored by opp by 0.5 or more runs/game on the season over the last 3 seasons. Lynn is 22-6 (+13.0 Units) against the money line vs. an NL team with an on base percentage .325 or worse over the last 2 seasons. Bet the Cardinals Friday.

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Lance Lynn (6-1, 3.27 ERA) gets the call for the visitors; Lynn is coming off a no-decision vs. the Brewers on Saturday in which he gave up four runs off eight hits over five frames of work; he'd strike out three and walk two. For the most part Lynn has been the very model of consistency this year and he'll look to bounce back with a better effort vs. a team he's enjoyed success against in the past, going 1-0 with a very respectable 3.75 ERA in two career starts at Dodger Stadium. Lynn will be opposed by Chris Capuano (1-2, 4.84 ERA) who went eight frames on Saturday vs. the Braves, allowing five hits, leaving the game with a 1-0 lead with a strained calf: "It wasn't affecting pitch execution out there," Capuano assessed afterwards. "It just feels a little tired. I've got an extra day before the next start (Friday against the Cardinals). With treatment and stuff we should be able to get that ready." The southpaw is 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA over his last three starts, allowing two runs off 10 hits with a walk over his last two. Two competent starters going head to head vs. a couple of inconsistent lineups; I feel the table is set for a low-scoring pitchers duel.

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Joe Saunders is never going to be confused with Felix Hernandez as the ace of the Seattle staff. The lefty did manage to make an All-Star team while with the Angels, but it truth Saunders has never been much more than a mid-rotation or lower innings eater. That said, for whatever reason, this guy is the absolute nuts at Safeco Field.
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Saunders now has 13 career starts at this site. He's 9-0 with a 1.72 ERA. The WHIP is a cool 1.08. Contrast those numbers with the ones Saunders has registered everywhere else, and you have arrived at a genuine moment of utter bafflement. Okay, the park is favorable to lefties who give up fly balls. But to this extent? Nope. It's just one of those really weird stat lines that will appear every now and then. Rather than try and figure out what the hell is going on, my sentiments are to just play along until it runs its course.
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The bad news is that the Rangers already own one win this season dueling Saunders at Safeco. That had nothing to do with the veteran southpaw, as he surrendered just one one unearned run in his seven frames that night. Texas got to the Seattle bullpen and eventually won a 3-1 decision. But they sure didn't have much success against Saunders.
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Justin Grimm has been adequate for the Rangers, and obviously this Texas team is better at everything than the Mariners. If you ignore the Saunders Safeco stats, you're looking at what appears to be a bargain price on the Rangers. But when you include those Saunders numbers, taking a small plus price tag with the Mariners doesn't seem like such a bad idea. I'll go along for the ride by opting for home dog Seattle tonight.

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Washington is a huge park, great for pitchers, and a pair of righties are on the mound who don't walk anyone and are tough to hit. Philly righty Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 2.82 ERA) has walked 14 in 60+ innings and the under is 6-1 in Phillies last 7 road games. The Philly offense is awful, 25th in baseball in runs scored, 26th in on base percentage. The under is 4-1 in the Phillies last 5 road games vs. a right-handed starter and they face Jordan Zimmermann (7-2, 1.62 ERA) who is having a dominant season. But this Washington offense is as bad as the Phillies, 28th in runs, batting average, OBP and slugging. The Under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings, including 5-0 under the total in Washington. Play the Phillies/Nationals under the total.

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The Twins are 1-10 in their last 11 overall and 0-8 in their last 8 games as an underdog. The Tigers are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record and 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite.

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Lots of elements are in place to suggest "under" when the Padres and D-backs get together tonight in Phoenix. First, there's the Arizona offense, which has looked awfully sluggish over the past two weeks, scoring two runs or fewer in seven of the past eleven games.  Second, there's the D-back pitching staff that has posted one of the lower ERAs in the bigs (3.32) while the starters have recorded a 2.37 ERA in the last fourteen games.  Third, Friday's Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy has also tossed back-to-back solid outings, not allowing a run in 17 IP.  Then there is San Diego starter Eric Stults, sharp himself lately while recording a 2.29 ERA in his last three starts.  It's going to take some offense that neither of these teams have demonstrated with any consistency of late to get over the 8 1/2 "total" tonight at Chase Field, and also note the D-backs' 10-2-1 "under" mark their last 13 games.

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Los Angeles Angels -111

We are going to stick within the same series as I like the price we are getting on the Angels tonight. Los Angeles took the first game 5-4 last night as their big hitters continue to produce with the #1-4 hitters notching 6 hits and the team as a whole hitting 4 homeruns. Los Angeles has now won 5 in a row and are 20-27 after a very rough start to the season. The Royals have lost two straight and 6 of their last 7 overall dropping to 21-23 on the season. The Angels have scored 38 runs over their last 5 games compared to the Royals who have 20 over their last 5 and just 22 over their last 7. Tonight's starter for LA is Jason Vargas who is 3-3 with a 3.55 ERA, .273 OBA and 1.41 WHIP. In his last two starts he has pitched 14 innings giving up just 2 earned runs with 13 strikeouts. That includes 7 innings, 5 hits and 2 earned runs with 7 strikeouts and 1 walk vs Kansas City on the 14th of this month. Luis Mendoza will start for KC and he is 1-2 with a 5.50 ERA, .257 OBA and 1.36 WHIP. He has been solid over his last three starts allowing 3, 3, and 2 earned runs against over 6 innings of work in each, but with the way this Angels team is hitting right now I think we could see him have some struggles. Mendoza went 6 innings giving up 6 hits and 3 earned runs against the Angels on the 13th of May. Take note that the Angels are 4-0 in Vargas' last 4 starts and 4-1 in their last 5 road games, while the Royals are just 2-6 in Mendoza's last 8 starts and 0-5 in their last 5 home games. The Angels have had success in Kansas City over the years winning 31 of 44 meetings in KC. I'll take the hot bats of the Angels to keep it going tonight with a 6th straight win.

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Weather is a factor here in the DC metro area, but I believe they will get the game completed. The simulator shows a high probability that the Phillies with Kendrick on the hill will win this game. The Phillies bullpen is completely rested after having Thursday off for travel and the complete game shutout by Cliff Lee Wednesday. Should weather interrupt this game, the Phillies have a significant advantage with a well rested bullpen and all available options open. Supporting this graded play is a proven system posting a 63-62 mark for 50% winners, but has made a remarkable 51 units/unit wagered since 1997. The power of this system is that it has averaged a +180 dog play and it is my experience that if you are going to commit to making money in MLB wagering, you better be able to pick dogs that win on a consistent basis. Play on road dogs with a money line of +150 or more (PHILADELPHIA) averaging 2.75 or less extra base hits per game on the season and after shutting out their opponent in the last game played. Take the Phillies.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are still in search of their first winning season since 1992. The Pirates gave it a good run last year but fell just short, ending the regular season at 79-83 (Pirates were 48-37 at the break, 62-46 thru games played Aug 6 and still 10 games over .500 through Aug 29 at 70-60, but couldn’t hold on). Will 2013 be the breakthrough season? The Pirates are currently 29-18, after winning 11 of their 13. The hot streak comes despite the fact that Pittsburgh has struggled at the plate, batting .248 as a team in that span. The ‘key’ has been the Pirates posting a 2.14 ERA in that stretch. A case in point is that the Pirates just recently won three of four at home against the Brewers (from May 13-16), despite batting .230. Now the trick will be winning here in Milwaukee, where the Pirates have lost 46 of 54 in Miller Park since the 2007 season. A.J. Burnett (3-4, 2.57 ERA) gets the nod for Pittsburgh, as he seeks his first win in four starts. He has a 2.57 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 21 innings in his last three outings but has lost both decisions (team is 0-3) while receiving four total runs of support. Lack of run support has been his problem when facing the Brewers in recent starts as well, as Burnett is 0-3 with a 3.71 ERA while being backed by only three runs. However, runs have been easy to come by against Milwaukee as of late, as starting pitching woes have led to the Brewers going 4-16 in May, due mainly to a starting rotation which has compiled a 6.77 ERA. Marco Estrada takes the mound for Milwaukee and he owns a 5.44 ERA in nine 2013 starts, including allowing 29 hits over 18.1 innings in four home starts, while posting a 9.31 ERA. Yes, Estrada is 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA in 10 games (seven starts / team is 6-1) against Pittsburgh but I want no part of him or the Brewers in this one.

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