Back the Brewers vs. the Pirates for MLB Picks

Swinging Johnson

Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:09 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014 2:09 PM UTC

The Brewers avoided a sweep at the hands of the Cardinals and now travel to Pittsburgh where the Pirates hope to rebound from a shutout yesterday afternoon courtesy of the Reds but which team will cash in our MLB picks tonight?

Swinger’s 2014 MLB Record (3-4-1, -8.10 units)
My MLB write-ups are sporadic throughout the week but I am allowed the liberty of selecting my very own MLB picks on Sunday which is where I do my level best to shine. Unfortunately last Sunday I shone about as brightly as the sun at midnight. It wasn’t all bad as I went 1-2 but my only winner was the heavily favored Rangers at home over the lowly Astros for two units. But then I got cute and advised a play on those same Rangers -1 ½ (+115) for 4 units. Not a great deal when the final score is Rangers 1 - Astros 0.

And for my encore I treated the SJ acolytes to a delightful little underdog as the Rays were +130 in MLB odds but could have been +1300 and they still would have lost to the Reds. It was a 4 unit money burner and when the dust settled, we were down six units on that dismal day. Let’s get some back tonight.

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Milwaukee Brewers (11-4, +7.8 units)
The Brew Crew just got nipped for the NL Central title last season by a mere 23 games so the fact that they sit atop the division has caused more than a few arched eyebrows. The bettors who have been wise enough to back them blindly (are there such people?) have been handsomely rewarded thus far to the tune of 7.8 units. However, we all know that teams have a way of playing up to (or perhaps in this case) down to their potential. Are they for real is the question and for the answer we will have to wait at least five months. 

Yesterday afternoon the Brewers were led by a nifty little outing by 24-year-old Wily Peralta or Slick Wily as he shall be known if he keeps this up. Peralta allowed only one run and the Milwaukee offense did the rest as they halted a two-game spin and beat the Redbirds 5-1 at home. 

Today they give the ball to Yovani Gallardo who takes a gaudy 0.96 ERA and 2-0 record into PNC Park or Pirates Cove as I like to call it (harkening back to a miniature golf course I played when I was a kid). Gallardo turned in a brilliant outing when last he took the mound in Pittsburgh by hurling seven scoreless innings and surrendering only six hits.

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Pittsburgh Pirates (7-8, -1.4 units)
The Bucs got plundered last night as their offense was shackled by the Reds’ Johnny Cueto. They managed only three hits and allowed Cueto to strike out a career high 12 batters. Today they give the ball to veteran right-hander Edinson Volquez whose last trip to the mound was against these same Milwaukee Brewers where he put in 6 1/3 solid innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits. Fortunately for Volquez he escaped with a no decision as Milwaukee went on to a narrow 3-2 victory.

The Pirates have lost five of their last six and were the victims of a three game sweep last weekend against the Brewers. There will be revenge on their collective minds but in the course of a grindy 162-game schedule I wouldn’t put too much stock in millionaire ballplayers circling the calendar for a showdown in April with the Brewers or anyone else for that matter.


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These two pitchers hooked up last week in Milwaukee and both were more than solid. Though the venue has changed, why should the result? The Brewers are 6-0 on the road this season and they have, if not a top tier pitcher, then one in Gallardo who is a notch below the elite. Volquez, the pitcher for the Pirates, is not in that caliber particularly in light of his 5.71 ERA he posted between stints in LA and San Diego last season. He’s going to come down to earth eventually but we will take advantage of two hot pitchers and one hot team.

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