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Sep 20, 4:05 PM | GrassPNC Park

Milwaukee Brewers vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

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A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Milwaukee duelling Pittsburgh on Thursday at PNC Park.

Michael Fiers, with a record of 9-8 on the season, gets the ball for the Brewers, while the Pirates trot Wandy Rodriguez to the mound in this one. He is 10-13 so far in 2012.

View Milwaukee vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Pirates were listed as -110 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 7.5 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 13-ranked Pirates and the National League No. 8-rated Brewers in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 10 ranked National League offense (4.1 runs per game) against a Brewers defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 12 in the National League at 4.5 runs allowed per game. The Pirates have been averaging 8.2 hits per game, less than the Brewers have managed so far this season (8.9 hits on average).

Defensively, Milwaukee features the National League's No. 7-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.3 runs per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 in the National League at home, scoring 3.8 runs per game.

The Brewers were a 3-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Pirates. That made winners of bettors who got Milwaukee at -128 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Brewers grabbed a win last time out, defeating Kyle McPherson and the Pirates 3-1 on Wednesday at PNC Park.

Milwaukee Brewers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Washington are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Houston are 8-2
After playing Milwaukee are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7

A few Brewers at Pirates trends to consider:
Milwaukee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Milwaukee is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Milwaukee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing Milwaukee
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 10 games
Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Milwaukee

Next up:
Milwaukee at Washington, Friday, September 21
Pittsburgh at Houston, Friday, September 21

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