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Preview: Brewers (11-4) at Pirates (7-8)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 1
Venue: PNC Park
Date: June 28, 2013 7:05 PM EDT
  

The Pittsburgh Pirates will begin a six-game homestand Friday night with a share of the best record in baseball.

The Pirates can extend their longest win streak in nine years to seven games when they send Gerrit Cole to the mound to face the last-place Milwaukee Brewers.

Pittsburgh (48-30), tied with St. Louis atop the NL Central, went 7-2 on a trip against Cincinnati, the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle. The Pirates hit 13 homers and scored 39 runs during the club's longest win streak since a 10-game run June 26-July 5, 2004.

"It was a good trip. Very good trip,' manager Clint Hurdle said.

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This three-game set will begin with Hurdle handing the ball to Cole (3-0, 3.44 ERA), the first Pittsburgh pitcher to win his first three starts since Jim Nelson in 1970. The 22-year-old right-hander, who allowed two runs over 6 1-3 innings Friday in a 5-2 win over the Angels, has been quick to credit his teammates for his success.

"Good defense and good offense, I think," Cole said. "Those guys have been picking me up and it simplifies the game a little bit."

Cole beat Jered Weaver in his last outing after outdueling former Cy Young Award winners Tim Lincecum and Zack Greinke in his first two.

The mound opponent Friday will be less formidable in Johnny Hellweg, who will make his major league debut. Hellweg is getting the start since Alfredo Figaro went on the disabled list Wednesday with a strained right oblique.

The 6-foot-9 right-hander got the news of his callup in front of his entire team after Triple-A Nashville returned home from a series in New Orleans that ended Tuesday.

"I guess that was a feeling I've never had," Hellweg told the Brewers' official website. "It was kind of surreal. I guess the closest I've ever been to floating."

Hellweg was 7-4 with a 2.82 ERA for the Sounds, and posted a 4.15 ERA in five spring appearances for Milwaukee (32-45).

"The looks we got in spring training was he works quick," manager Ron Roenicke said. "Good stuff with the curveball and the fastball down in the zone, good movement on the fastball. He's got velocity on it."

Pittsburgh is 6-4 against Milwaukee this season, with Pedro Alvarez posting team highs of three homers and eight RBIs despite going 5 for 29 with 10 strikeouts overall. Alvarez is hitting .390 with five homers and 13 RBIs during a 10-game streak.

Andrew McCutchen is tied with Alvarez with three homers against Milwaukee.

Carlos Gomez leads the Brewers in the season series with a .361 average, four homers and eight RBIs. Gomez is expected back in the lineup Friday after missing three games due to a sprained left shoulder suffered in Sunday's loss to Atlanta.

Milwaukee split six games on a homestand that ended Thursday, losing the final two against the Cubs by committing four errors that led to six unearned runs.

"We're getting more consistent offensively, but then we have some miscues like this, we don't bounce out of it and they really hurt us," Roenicke said.

The Pirates are 8-0 after scheduled off days.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Brewers at Pirates
Fri, Jun 28 Final 3 to 10
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Brewers at Pirates
Sat, Jun 29 Final 1 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Brewers at Pirates
Sun, Jun 30 Final 1 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 MIL  +180   -120   8 
 PIT  -200   +100   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 MIL  +180   -115   8 
 PIT  -210   -105   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 MIL  16%   4%   70% 
 PIT  84%   96%   30% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 May 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 5 Cover: +125 
 MIL 4 Over: 9 
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 May 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 5 Cover: +110 
 MIL 2 Under: 7 
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 May 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 1 Under: 3 
 MIL 2 Cover: +100 
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 May 16, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIL 1 Under: 8 
 PIT 7 Cover: +100 
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 May 15, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIL 1 Under: 4 
 PIT 3 Cover: +100 
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 May 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIL 3 Under: 7 
 PIT 4 Cover: +118 
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 May 13, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIL 5 Cover: +136 
 PIT 1 Under: 6 
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 May 1, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 6 Cover: +130 
 MIL 4 Over: 10 
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 Apr 30, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 8 Over: 20 
 MIL 12 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 29, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 4 Over: 14 
 MIL 10 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Friday, Jun 28
 
    Indians at White Sox
5:10 PM EDT
    Yankees at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Brewers at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Nationals at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Tigers at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Braves
7:30 PM EDT
    Reds at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Indians at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Royals at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Angels at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
    Giants at Rockies
8:40 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Cubs at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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