Wily Peralta (5-9, 6.00 ERA) and Chad Kuhl (3-1, 3.62 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Milwaukee Brewers (56-70) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (63-61) at Miller Park. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 25 and can be seen on FSWI and RTPT.
Peralta pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out one and walking two in an 8-2 defeat to the Mariners. Ryan Braun (.317, 66 Rs, 24 HRs, 74 RBIs, 13 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs. Kuhl went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs (one unearned) in a 3-1 defeat to the Marlins in his last outing. Gregory Polanco (.279, 67 Rs, 19 HRs, 72 RBIs, 11 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Pirates, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two RBIs.
Pittsburgh takes on Milwaukee as a -130 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at nine runs. The Brewers have an overall money line of -691 and a record as the underdog of 36-53. Milwaukee has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 13-24 and 17-29 as the underdog and SU respectively. Milwaukee leads the MLB in steals, swiping 141 bases.
In games where it is the favorite, Pittsburgh has a 33-35 record and an overall money line of -174. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games, recording zero wins when playing as the favorite and with a SU record of 5-5. Offensively, the Pirates have really sputtered in division games. They have decreased their season average of 4.5 runs per game by averaging 4.0 in those contests.
The Brewers lead the season series, 5-4. The Brewers have a bad 32-54 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Kuhl takes the mound. Peralta (RHP) will be on the hill against the Pirates, who have a 45-53 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT, O/U - Over
The Brewers are struggling at 17-29 in their division, while the Pirates are 21-24.
When leading after seven innings, Pittsburgh is 26-32, while Milwaukee is 23-30.
The Pittsburgh batters brought in a solid 11 hits last game. Milwaukee has a record of 8-36 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 40-10. The Brewers have a 44-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th in runs, Milwaukee has earned 521 this season. Pittsburgh ranks 17th with 561 runs.
Ranking 11th, Pittsburgh is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 404 this season. Milwaukee ranks in the top five at second with 486.
When the Brewers hit at least one home run, they are 44-34. When the Pirates hit at least one homer, they have a 45-27 record.