Brewers and Woodruff a Winning Combination at Miller Park

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The National League Central is tighter than a pair of jeans on actress Kristen Bell and two teams from that division will collide on FOX for a Saturday night prime time battle.

Pittsburgh (39-41, +5.1 units) at Milwaukee (43-39, -3.7 units)

Three weeks ago, Milwaukee swept the Pittsburgh in a three-game series at Miller, which came on the heels of taking three of four in the Steel City. Since that time the fortunes of both teams have changed.

The Brewers are just 5-11 since that clean sweep, while the Bucs have taken seven of eight and are creeping ever close to .500. This is the second of six tilts between these rivals before the All-Star break.

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In reading over various team page notes, there are clubs just trying to push through to the break and enjoy the time off, but not Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell . “I feel like we have a long way to go to the All-Star break,” Counsell said. “A lot of action, and we can do a lot of good things before the All-Star break.”

Since dropping out of first place, this appears Counsell wants to send a message to his team that he expects focus between now and then.

After last night’s Milwaukee win/loss, the various sportsbooks sent them out as -190 money line home favorites.

Which Starting Pitcher Can Help There Team the Most?

Jordan Lyles (5-3, 3.64 ERA) is scheduled to come off the IL for Pittsburgh to make this start on Saturday, after suffering tightness in his left hamstring against these same Brewers on June 6. In the game, Lyles suffered mechanical issues, walking four in just three innings before being pulled. That was his fourth straight mediocre start after having a 1.97 ERA on May 17th. Lyles and his teammates are 4-2 on the road but are just 3-6 versus Milwaukee.

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