The Pittsburgh Pirates head to Miller Park to face the Milwaukee Brewers in the midst of a six-game losing streak that includes sweeps at mercy of Chicago and (double-checks notes)... Seattle. The Bucs and Brew Crew will play a three-game weekend series in what will be the Brewers’ final series in “Miller Park”, as the stadium will undergo a name change in the offseason.
The Pirates are a dreadful 23 games below .500, while their opponent comes in with a grip on the second Wild Card spot by one game over the Cubs. They’re also one game back of the Nationals for that coveted home Wild Card spot, and still just three games back of the Cardinals for the division lead. The Bucs have another chance to play spoiler against a potential playoff team, and then will head home to do it again with the Cubbies, which the Cubs can’t be too upset about at the moment.
Friday, 8:10 p.m. - Steven Brault (4-5, 4.98) vs Chase Anderson (6-4, 4.50)
Saturday, 7:10 p.m. - James Marvel (0-2, 9.00) vs Zach Davies (10-7, 3.70)
Sunday, 2:10 p.m. - Trevor Williams (7-7, 5.59) vs TBD
The Brewers’ leading hitter in virtually all categories and the potential NL MVP Christian Yelich was lost for the season since the last time these two teams met. He fractured his knee cap on a freak foul ball incident. Ben Gamel has stepped up in Yelich’s absence, batting .333 in the last 17 games. Youngsters Keston Hiura and Trent Grisham have also done their part to help keep the Brewers lineup afloat.
The Sunday starter for Milwaukee is still up in the air, but the Pirates will see two righties on Friday and Saturday in Chase Anderson and Zach Davies. Anderson has struggled mightily in his last seven starts, allowing 31 hits and 14 walks over 28.1 innings pitched. That’s led to a ballooned ERA of 7.31 and a WHIP of 1.59 in that span. Davies has been better in terms of hits and runs, but he hasn’t pitched more than 5.0 innings since July 18th, which is surprising considering his strength is typically weak balls in play rather than strikeout numbers. We’ll see if the Pirates wounded lineup is the cure for what ails the two hurlers.