MLB Baseball Predictions: Pirates vs. Brewers Odds: August 12th 2011
Brewers RL +100 (1* FREE PICK) Zach Greinke has been on fire of late as he’s 3-0 wiht a 1.07 WHIP and 1.37 ERA as his stats have really started to even out as we thought they were from earlier in the season where he was one of the unluckiest pitchers in baseball. Now he’s keeping guys off the base and he’s been great at home 7-0 with a 1.04 WHIP and 3.49 ERA. Even more impressive is his 9.5 K to BB ratio. He’s got 76 K’s in just 56.2 IP while surrendering only 8 walks. Amazing! He also has revenge from earlier in the season vs. the Pirates who gave up 5 ER in 5 innings back in May. Pirates have struggled of late and are scoring just 3.97 runs per 9 vs. RHP on the road, facing an elite pitcher I think they’ll be scoring less.
Pirates send Paul Maholm to the mound who despite pitching well in his last three starts vs. the Brewers has gone 0-3. He’s dominated some of the players like Prince Fielder but Corey Hart and Ryan Braun have dominated him 24-72 with 4 HR. Let’s be honest the Brewers have dominated teams at home this year and I think we get good value at +100 odds for a free pick vs. the Pirates who are just 11-41 in the last 52 meetings, 8-43 in their last 51 at Milwaukee. Brewers are killing lefties of late .366 average 10.61 runs per 9 and the once strong Pirates bullpen has a 6.89 ERA over their last 10 games. They have come back down to life in a big way.