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Series Preview: Pirates at Brewers

Round Two

Atlanta Braves v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

After taking two of three from the Atlanta Braves, the Pittsburgh Pirates head northwest this weekend to go another round with the Milwaukee Brewers. The Bucs will look to rebound from last week’s 3-1 series loss to the Brew Crew at PNC Park.

During that series, the Pirates scored an average of six runs in four games, which would normally signify dominance. However, the pitching staff was a cluster and gave up around eight runs per game to Milwaukee.

In the series against the Braves, both the offense and the pitching staff looked pretty much the same after a 12-5 opening game loss. But then, games two and three had some great pitching that kept Atlanta’s offense in check, giving up just over two runs per game.

The Brewers are reeling a bit after dropping two of three to the Miami Marlins. Milwaukee was outscored 24-3 in the first two games but managed a 5-1 victory yesterday, with starter Freddy Peralta pitching a gem.

The Brewers are 6-4 in their last ten, while the Pirates are 4-6. Milwaukee is tied for first place with the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central, while the Pirates sit four games back.

Game one kicks off at 8:10 EST with Rookie Davis making the start in place of Nick Kingham.


Friday, 8:10 p.m. — Rookie Davis (0-0, 5.87 ERA) vs. Brandon Woodruff (7-1, 3.82)
TV: AT&T SportsNet-PIT

Saturday, 4:10 p.m. — Jordan Lyles (5-3, 3.38 ERA) vs. Zach Davies (6-0. 2.20 ERA)
TV: AT&T SportsNet-PIT

Sunday, 2:10 p.m. — Steven Brault (2-1, 5.45 ERA) vs. Chase Anderson (3-1, 3.93 ERA)
TV: AT&T SportsNet-PIT

Brewers Notes


Milwaukee is a high-strikeout team (112 K%+, fifth worst) with a lot of power (109 ISO+), but are pretty much middle of the road in all other categories. They have a +1 run differential in 2019.

-Christian Yelich (3.8 WAR, 188 wRC+) is hitting .341 in his last 12 games. His eight doubles, one triple, and four home runs have lifted his ISO to .386 through the last two weeks.

-Yasmani Grandal (2.4 WAR, 134 wRC+) is slashing .325/.372/ .750 in this last 43 plate appearances with four home runs and seven RBIs

-Mike Moustakas (2.0 WAR, 131 wRC+) has six home runs with a .440 wOBA in his last 11 games.


The Pirates hitters will again face a talented group of starting pitchers who (mostly) got the best of them during their last meeting.

-Woodruff gets the ball for the opening game of the series and during his last start against the Pirates, he went four innings giving up six runs on ten hits. It was easily his worst outing of the season after giving up just six runs through his previous six starts.

-Staff ace Davies gets the nod for game two and, like Woodruff, is facing the Pirates for the second straight time. He pitched pretty well (8 IP, 8 hits, 2 ER, 3-1 K/BB ratio) and earned the win for that start. Davies’ ERA at home is almost a full run higher than it is on the road.

-The series closes out with Anderson, who started the opening game of the first series at Pittsburgh. He earned the victory after going five innings of six-hit ball with two earned runs and a 5-1 K/BB rate. Anderson has given up nine earned runs in his last three starts with 15 strikeouts and just one walk (13 IP total).