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Pirates Have Been An Afternoon Delight For Bettors

Though they sit fourth in the NL Central and six games under .500, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been a strong play during afternoon contests. The Buccos are 9-2 in their past 11 early games, which includes going 3-1 during June. The Pirates will take on the Milwaukee Brewers as part of a full slate of early MLB action Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • Eric Thames is 0-for-13 with 7 strikeouts in the Brewers’ past 4 games.
  • The Pirates are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games on the road against the Brewers.
  • The Brewers are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when closing out a series.

Ivan Nova, who takes the bump for the Pirates in this one, has quietly been one of the better arms in the National League. Nova sits in the top 10 in the NL in ERA, WHIP, innings pitched and WAR for pitchers. The seven-year veteran has gone at least 6.0 innings in every one of his outings this season and has allowed more than three earned runs just once.

The Brew Crew will counter with their overlooked stud, Chase Anderson. The righty has been blistering lately, as Anderson has posted a 1.04 ERA with opponents hitting just .161 in his past five starts. On top of that, he has been dominating the strike zone with 36 strikeouts and just six walks in the same span.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as MyBookie had set the Milwaukee Brewers as -120 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 9 for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 4.4-3.8 win for the Pirates. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Milwaukee Brewers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Milwaukee Brewers sport a record of 39-35 heading into this matchup, while the Pittsburgh Pirates sit at 33-39 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Milwaukee vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 20-rated Milwaukee Brewers and the league No. 14-ranked Pittsburgh Pirates, according to the latest MLB power poll here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates rank No. 21 at 8.46 hits per game. That compares with the Milwaukee Brewers No. 19 ranking in that category.

Milwaukee owns the No. 17 defense, allowing 4.8 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Pittsburgh's No. 18-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Pittsburgh didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 4-3 to Milwaukee on Wednesday at Miller Park.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 11 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Milwaukee
  • Milwaukee is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Milwaukee is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
  • Milwaukee is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Milwaukee is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh at St. Louis, Friday, June 23rd
Milwaukee at Atlanta, Friday, June 23rd