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Gerrit Cole Attempts to Stay Perfect as Pirates Take on Brewers

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 6/27/2013 7:21:08 PM

Gerrit Cole has been just as good as advertised as a former number one overall pick and making his major league debut earlier this month. Cole has started out his career hot as he holds a 3-0 record through his first three starts, and even dazzled sports gamblers with multiple 100 mph fastballs against the Los Angeles Angels in his most recent win.

Milwaukee Brewers @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Friday June 28, 2013 – 7:05 PM ET
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

The Milwaukee Brewers will have their hands full trying to catch up to the heat Cole throws which will likely take a few innings for them to adjust to. If they do adjust however they could be in for a good night as they have seen a few unsuspecting players have breakout years this season at the plate which has helped their offense improve drastically from last season.

MLB Betting Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

The main storyline for the Pirates in this game of course will be Cole who will be making just his fourth career start and is clearly the future of the franchise. Cole's blazing fastball has helped him earn a respectable 3.44 ERA thus far in the majors, which is better than in appears when you look at the talented offenses he has had to face in his three starts. Backing up Cole is a Pirates offense which lags slightly behind that of the Brewers, however their main star Andrew McCutchen has under-performed so far this year and is due to breakout at any moment. Sports books will be expecting this game to be low scoring because of the two teams' offenses along with Cole on the mound, meaning a look at the over/under run total could be a nice side bet.

MLB Betting Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers find themselves in a tough spot for this game as they are going to dig into their bullpen and give reliever Johnny Hellweg a spot start. Hellweg has thrown just eight and two thirds innings this season and has a 4.15 ERA. These stats however are almost useless when projecting him as a starter, which means all that can be said is that he likely won't be in the game long and the Brewers will have to dig into their bullpen early, which is rarely a good sign when looking for a win. The Brewers offense will have to show up to this game and ride the hot hitting of Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura who are leading the team in batting average through 75 games if they hope to take home the win.

MLB Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

This match-up will be interesting because of the two contrasting pitchers on the mound, however this game does lean towards the Pirates. They not only have an up and coming pitcher on the mound, but their offense will get to face a pitcher who is not used to throwing more than one inning in an appearance which is why the Pirates are my sports betting pick.

MLB Pick: Pirates

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