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Baseball Betting: Pirates vs. Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers will begin a baseball betting series at home on Friday night against the fading Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Brewers are coming off a series in St. Louis against the rival Cardinals, and they'll be looking to increase their lead in the NL Central division this weekend by taking care of the Pirates.

View Pittsburgh vs Milwaukee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Brewers were listed as -155 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 8.5 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The Brewers - Pirates odds would favor the Brewers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Milwaukee is rated No. 3 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while Pittsburgh is at No. 15 in the National League.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Milwaukee's No. 6 ranked National League offense (4.4 runs per game) against a Pirates defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 7 in the National League at 4.1 runs allowed per game. The Brewers have been averaging 8.8 hits per game, more than the Pirates have managed so far this season (8.2 hits on average).

Defensively, Pittsburgh features the National League's No. 4-rated defense on the road, allowing 4 runs per game. Milwaukee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the National League at home, scoring 5.2 runs per game.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 9-2 winner on the road against the Giants. Bettors on Pittsburgh at +146 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (11) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Pittsburgh got the job done in their last match in a 9-2 victory over San Francisco on Wednesday at AT&T Park behind starter Jeffrey Karstens.

Milwaukee was a 5-2 loser in its last match on the road against the Cardinals. They lost as +115 underdogs, while the total score of 7 made winners of UNDER bettors. Milwaukee looks to rebound from a loss to the Cardinals, who beat them 5-2 on Thursday behind a start from Chris Carpenter at Busch Stadium.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Friday are 1-9
Before playing Milwaukee are 3-7
After playing San Francisco are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

Milwaukee Brewers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After playing St. Louis are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

A few Pirates at Brewers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Pittsburgh's last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Milwaukee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Milwaukee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Milwaukee is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
Milwaukee is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, Saturday, August 13