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Ben Burns' near UNPRECEDENTED run has NO end in sight. After a 4-0 Friday SWEEP (3-1 for some), he is now a JAW-DROPPING 117-61-2 (65%) since August 1st, good for a $36.486 profit! His CONSISTENCY has been AMAZING as he's gone 27-12 the L10 days. Having finished "in the black" eight of the past nine months, he's up over $80K. You in?
I'm playing on PITTSBURGH. The Pirates were my free release yesterday, and that was just another "winner on the pile." They came from behind to stun Milwaukee, 4-2, scoring all of their runs in the home half of the eighth. This series is all about two ballclubs trending in very different directions. I'm sticking with the hotter team, obviously.
Pittsburgh has won 12 of its last 14 and now leads Milwaukee by 4.5 games in the race for the second Wild Card spot in the N.L. There was a time that the Brewers led the Pirates by 9.5 games, but that is a distant memory. They are 8-20 their last 28 games, including 1-11 on the road. Both the hitting and pitching have betrayed Milwaukee during this slump and they have the look of a team that knows its season is coming to and end.
The Pirates are one of the better home teams in the league at 50-29.
Making Milwaukee's task even more difficult here is that Pittsburgh will have Edinson Volquez pitching. He has not lost in 10 starts, posting a 1.73 ERA his last eight. He's allowed three earned runs or less in all 10 starts. Volquez has also had the Brewers' number with a 2.88 ERA in four starts against them.
Brewers starter Matt Garza has a 6.55 ERA in two starts vs. Pittsburgh this year.
I brought this up yesterday, but despite a losing record vs. Milwaukee this year, the Pirates have outscored them - by 14 runs following last night's win. 1* free play.
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