Kyle Lohse (0-1, 21.60 ERA) and the Milwaukee Brewers (1-4) go up against Francisco Liriano (0-0, 2.57 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1-4) in the last of a three-game division series at Miller Park. The Brewers won the last game 6-0 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 12 and will air on ROOT-PIT and FSN-WI.
Lohse is 11-3 with a 3.72 ERA, 91 strikeouts and 29 walks against the Pirates in his career. Jean Segura (.400 ) went 1 for 2 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. In his career against the Brewers, Liriano is 6-4 with a 4.14 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 78 strikeouts. Francisco Cervelli (.357 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Milwaukee is a -132 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Brewers have started off poorly when they're the favorite with a 0-4 record as well as a -521 overall money line. The Brewers are a stellar hitting team with 7.8 hits per home game, one of the highest marks in the NL. As for the pitching staff, the Brewers don't give up many walks to opposing batters, leading the NL with only 1.2 walks allowed per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Pirates come into this game with a win percentage of .333 when playing as the underdog (1-2) and an overall money line of -206. Against teams in their division, they are 1-3 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 1-2 record. They sport the fourth-ranked offense in the NL, averaging three runs per game. Shifting to the pitching staff, they allow just 2.5 walks per game, fourth-best in the NL.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT, O/U - Over
The Brewers are 1-1 against other teams in their division, while the Pirates are 1-4 against their rivals.
When leading after 7 innings, Milwaukee is 1-1, while Pittsburgh is 0-1.
The Brewers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Pirates have a 1-3 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When outhit, both the Brewers and the Pirates have records of 0-4.
Ranking 23rd in home runs, Milwaukee has hit two this season. Pittsburgh ranks 11th with four home runs.
Both Milwaukee and Pittsburgh are tied at seventh in hits, notching 7.75 per game.
Ranking 20th, Pittsburgh is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.608). Milwaukee ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .644.
When the Pirates allow at least one home run, they are 0-4, well-matched with the Brewers who are 0-3 when allowing at least one homer.