- The Pirates and Brewers meet on Wednesday, August 31st
- The first pitch is scheduled for 2:10 PM ET for this contest
- Read on for the Pirates vs Brewers odds, preview, and picks
The Pittsburgh Pirates (48-80, 22-44 away) wrap up a three-game set on Wednesday, August 31st against the Milwaukee Brewers (68-59, 34-25 home) at Miller Park. The first pitch is set for 2:10 pm ET.
The Bucs have yet to decide who will start for them in the rubber match. The Brew Crew meanwhile, hand Freddy Peralta the ball.
Pirates vs Brewers Odds
|Pittsburgh Pirates||+215||+1.5 (+110)||Ov 8.5 (+100)|
|Milwaukee Brewers||-267||-1.5 (-130)||Un 8.5 (-120)|
Odds as of August 30th at Caesars Sportsbook Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh vs Milwaukee Probable Pitchers
As previously mentioned, the Pirates haven’t named their starter. However, it does appear Zach Thompson could be the choice here. He’s made 24 appearances overall and 21 starts, pitching out of the bullpen as recent as Friday., throwing five innings of one-run baseball. He’s got a 5.33 ERA on the year.
Zach Thompson, Dirty 78mph Curveball. 😨 pic.twitter.com/Ewa7NhPv99
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 4, 2022
Another possibility is Tyler Beede but he did pitch on Saturday, tossing three frames. This game will likely just end up being a bunch of different arms contributing to get through nine innings given how shorthanded the staff is at the moment.
For the Brewers, Peralta will be hoping to give his team a quality outing. The righty owns a 4-3 record and 3.70 ERA in 13 starts, striking out 70 in 63.1 innings while walking 23. He actually hasn’t given up more than two runs in each of his five appearances and Peralta’s last one was his best during that span.
Freddy Peralta, Filthy Curveballs. 😷 pic.twitter.com/WWyyiTCWPV
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 27, 2022
The 26-year-old allowed no runs across six frames against the Cubs. He also didn’t surrender a single hit and struck out five batters. Peralta has compiled a solid 1.86 ERA vs. Pittsburgh this season as well.
Bucs Keep Sliding
It’s no secret the Pirates are one of the worst teams in baseball with a 48-80 record. They’re not improving the least either, going 2-8 in their last 10 games and seven losses in their previous eight contests prior to Tuesday’s matchup.
three of the nine hardest-hit balls Corbin Burnes has ever allowed in the big leagues have come tonight via Oneil Cruz
113.8 MPH lineout in the 1st
113.2 MPH groundout in the 3rd
117.5 MPH homer in the 5th pic.twitter.com/R1i5RCgWHn
— Céspedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) August 30, 2022
One of the only positives is rookie shortstop Oneil Cruz, who is a long +25000 in NL Rookie of the Year odds. The phenom might be hitting just .200, but he’s got lightning bat speed, power, and plays great defense. He will be a key piece of the future moving forward.
Brewers Still in Playoff Mix
It hasn’t been a stellar second half for Milwaukee, who were atop the NL Central at one point. Now, they sit six games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for first place. If the Brewers make the playoffs, it’ll most likely be through the Wild Card because the Cards aren’t slowing down.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 30, 2022
Ahead of Tuesday, Milwaukee has won three in a row and just took two out of three from the Cubs before Pittsburgh came to town. With the Diamondbacks and Rockies up next, this is a prime opportunity for the Brew Crew to win a bunch of ballgames and try to close the gap in the division.
PIT vs MIL – Last 10 Games
|Date||Home Team||Away Team||Score|
Pirates vs Brewers Pick
All you need to look at here are two things: Peralta’s success against the Pirates and Milwaukee’s recent form. I expect them to take the rubber match on Wednesday at home.
Pick: Brewers runline -1.5 (-130)