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NL Central Amps Up as the Contending Pirates Face the Brewers

Posted by Jeff Rudzinski on 4/27/2013 1:21:51 AM

The NL Central has seen four teams jump out early in hopes of contending for the division crown, the Pittsburg Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers are two of those teams, as both have a record over .500 and have some promise going forward. The Pirates, whose main concern coming into the season was starting pitching, have gotten some surprising starts from their pitchers, including the projected starter for this matchup, Wandy Rodriguez. Rodriguez showed as a Houston Astro he can be relied on for an ERA in the threes, but so far this year he has been able to avoid contact and as a consequence has seen his ERA drop to 1.66.

Pittsburg Pirates @ Milwaukee Brewers

Monday April 29, 2013 – 8:10 PM ET

Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI

The Brewers as well needed to focus on starting pitching in the off-season, and made a splash when they finally signed Kyle Lohse, who hasn’t disappointed gamblers thus far with his 2.52 ERA through four starts. Although Lohse won’t be on the mound for this game, the projected starter is on the same level as Lohse, and that is Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo hasn’t gotten off to the start he was hoping for, with an ERA just below five, he has however been a reliable arm for the Brewers since his 2007 rookie season. Meaning that despite the slow start to the year, if something clicks for Gallardo soon, sports books will have to adjust for his return to form.

MLB Betting Preview: Pittsburg Pirates

The Pirates are in a good situation going into this game with Wandy on the mound, however the odds seem to favor them even more once realizing they are getting above average offensive production out of half of their starters, and that All-Star Andrew McCutchen has started off slow but should be expected to start hitting better soon. If Gallardo doesn’t have his best stuff for this game, look for this Pirates lineup to take advantage and possibly knock him out of the game sooner than he hopes.

MLB Betting Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers have a long list of injured starters, and it comes as a surprise to many sports bettors that they have a winning record after 20 games. A closer look into their schedule and it becomes clear that just as of late they were able to turn things around with a nine game win streak which included a sweep of the San Francisco Giants. The Brewers were able to get a string of solid starts from their pitchers, and their pitching staff as a whole gave up an average of only three runs per game during the win streak.

MLB Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

If this game took place the previous week there would be a chance for the Brewers to be able to pull the upset as they did against the Giants. However, with Gallardo on the mound, and taking into account his rocky start to the year, it appears as if the Pirates offense could simply prove to be too much for the Brewers and the lack luster offense they have shown thus far into the season.

MLB Betting Pick: Pirates



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