Brewers vs. Pirates Sunday Prediction
The Pittsburgh Pirates are rolling, winners of five in a row and four straight versus their National League Central rivals, the Milwaukee Brewers. Will the Pirates sweep their series with the Brewers on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, July 15, 2018
1:35 p.m. ET, PNC Park
TV: MIL (FSWI); PIT (ATTP)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Pirates and Brewers are both -105 on the money line for Sunday's game. As of this writing, 57% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Brewers to beat the Pirates on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Brewers' Chacin pitches seven strong innings in win over Braves
Jhoulys Chacin allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings in a win over the Braves on Thursday. Chacin was even more dominant than his final line indicated, as the Braves plated both of their runs in the first three batters of the game before the right-hander shut them down from there on. Chacin walked just one and struck out seven before exiting. The win improved him to 7-3 overall, lowering his ERA and WHIP to 3.63 and 1.29 WHIP, respectively. A meeting with the Marlins on Tuesday offers another welcoming turn for the right-hander, who is a deeper mixed league option when he's going like this.
Pirates' Musgrove strikes out nine but lasts just five innings
Joe Musgrove notched a season-high nine strikeouts but lasted just five innings Tuesday in his return from the disabled list, yielding two runs in a loss to the Nationals. Musgrove loaded the bases in the first inning but struck out the side to get out of it. He was one out away from getting through five scoreless, but a two-out Juan Soto infield single and Anthony Rendon home run put the Nats on the board. Musgrove has been inconsistent but now boasts a 45/12 K/BB ratio over 45 1/3 frames this season. He’ll look to close out the first half strong on Sunday versus the Brewers.
MLB Betting Trends
The Brewers are 10-2 in Chacin's last 12 starts coming off four days of rest.
The Pirates have dropped five of Musgrove's last six starts.
The Pirates are hot but I can't see them sweeping the Brewers in five games. The Brewers are 12-4 in Chacin's last 16 starts and have won six of his last eight outings against an opponent that owns a losing record. I expect Milwaukee to play with some urgency before the All-Star Break and salvage one win in Pittsburgh this weekend.
The Pick: Milwaukee Brewers -105