Milwaukee (Suter) at Pittsburgh (Kuhl) -120 O/U 9
Chad Kuhl's seasonal numbers don't get many bettors excited. But since increasing his fastball velocity a few starts back, he's quietly been effective. Over Kuhl's last seven outings he flashed a 3.50 ERA with solid 29-15 K-to-BB ratio over 36 innings. He was asked to throw on short rest right before the All-Star Break but has had over a week to recover and should hit the ground running in this his second season. He's not a bad matchup against the free swinging Milwaukee Brewers. Kuhl's command is the one thing lacking but in two outings against the Brew Crew, Kuhl fanned eight batter in 8 innings and allowed only two walks and two runs. Milwaukee's Brent Suter is another young arm that has the potential to thrive in the National League. Suter has primarily been used as a reliever but due to injuries is being asked to fill in as a spot starter. A soft-tossing, late blooming lefty, Suter relies on a heavy dose of strikes (187 walks over 679 career innings). In two starts against Baltimore and the New York Yankees, Suter allowed just two runs while fanning 13 and walking only two batters. He's in a favorable situation tonight against a light-hitting Pirates lineup and in a ballpark that heavily favors southpaws. We'll look to capitalize on Suter's first-time-through-the-league as well as Kuhl's steady improvement and play this game under the total.