In the first of a three-game series between the Milwaukee Brewers (0-3) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (0-3) at Miller Park, Mike Fiers (6-5, 2.13 ERA) and Jeff Locke (7-6, 3.91 ERA) get the ball. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 10 and will air on ROOT-PIT and FSN-WI.
Fiers is 2-3 with a 5.60 ERA and 1.13 WHIP against the Pirates in his career. Adam Lind (.600 ) kept up his strong start Wednesday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the Brewers, Locke is 2-2 with a 3.98 ERA, 28 strikeouts and 15 walks. Pedro Alvarez (.300 ) has been doing well to start the season for the Pirates, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Milwaukee is a -118 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 0-3 record as well as a -388 overall money line. The Brewers come into the game with the NL's fourth-ranked home scoring offense, averaging 2.0 runs per game in their own ballpark. They have been very patient at the plate during home games, ranking fifth in the NL with an average of 2.0 walks per game. Turning to the pitching staff, the Brewers are the best in the NL in walks allowed, giving up just 1.0 per game.
They sport the fifth-ranked offense in the NL, averaging two runs per game. Pittsburgh is one of the top road hitting teams in the NL with an average of 7.0 hits per contest.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Pirates lost by a margin of one run. The Brewers are 0-1 in one-run games. The Pirates have a 0-2 record in close games.
After a weak showing last week where they got in eight hits, the Brewers need to step it up. The Pirates have a record of 0-2 when opponents get eight hits or fewer.
When outhit, both the Brewers and the Pirates have records of 0-3.
Both falling in the bottom half of the league based on total runs this season, Milwaukee ranks 19th with six runs and Pittsburgh is 16th with eight.
Ranking 19th, Milwaukee is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching six this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at fifth with 10.
When the Brewers hit at least one home run, they are 0-1, well-matched with the Pirates who are 0-2 when hitting one or more homers.