The Pittsburgh Pirates (16-21) and Milwaukee Brewers (24-14) will face off in a National League Central matchup Tuesday night at Miller Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Pittsburgh had its four-game winning streak snapped in suffering a 6-5 defeat to the St. Louis Cardinals as +104 home underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for the second time in three contests. Outfielder Andrew McCutchen will lead the offensive charge in this affair, considering he’s batting .407 in reaching base safely in 28 of his last 20 games at this ballpark. Pittsburgh is 2-6 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with the UNDER going 6-2 in that situation.
Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (3-2, 3.64 ERA) has led the club to back-to-back wins, including a 4-3 home victory over the San Francisco Giants last time out, as he allowed three runs and seven hits over eight innings of work. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA in three road efforts, with opposing hitters batting .274 against him. In four lifetime outings versus the Brewers, Cole has compiled a 1-1 record and 2.96 ERA.
Milwaukee has won two games in a row, including a 6-5 victory over the New York Yankees as -107 home favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for the fifth time in six affairs. The Brewers are expecting outfielder Ryan Braun to return to the lineup, but they’ll be without the services of third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury. Milwaukee is 6-3 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the UNDER going 7-2 in that situation.
Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada (2-1, 3.53 ERA) hasn’t earn a decision in watching the squad drop his last two trips to the mound, including a 7-5 home defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks last time out. The right-hander has allowed nine home runs on the year, including six in his last three appearances. In 12 career games versus the Pirates, Estrada has gone 5-0 with a 2.01 ERA.
Sports bettors will likely back the Brewers due to their 16-5 record in Estrada’s last 21 starts versus division opponents.