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Pirates face Milwaukee Brewers: MLB odds preview and stats

Pittsburgh PiratesMilwaukee Brewers
June 3, 2:10 PM | GrassMiller Park

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Milwaukee Brewers Odds

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The Brewers get a visit from the Pittsburgh Pirates in baseball action on Sunday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

James McDonald, with a record of 4-2 on the season, gets the ball for the Pirates, while the Brewers trot Michael Fiers to the mound in this one. He is 1-0 so far in 2012.

View Pittsburgh vs Milwaukee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Brewers in this one, they're listed as moneyline favorites of -110 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
The Brewers sit at No. 11 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Pirates sit at a National League No. 15 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Pirates rank No. 16 in the National League at 7.1 hits per game. That compares with Milwaukee’s No. 13 ranking in that category.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Milwaukee has the National League's No. 15-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Pirates own the National League's No. 2 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 5-1 loser on the road against the Brewers. Bettors on Milwaukee at -128 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Pittsburgh looks to rebound from a loss to the Brewers, who beat them 5-1 on Saturday behind a start from Shaun Marcum at Miller Park.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Cincinnati are 7-3
After playing Milwaukee are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3

Milwaukee Brewers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After playing Pittsburgh are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

A few Pirates at Brewers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Milwaukee is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Milwaukee is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Milwaukee is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, Tuesday, June 5
Milwaukee home to Chi Cubs, Tuesday, June 5