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Series Preview: Pirates vs Brewers

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

With a record of 4-17, the Pittsburgh Pirates easily have the worst winning percentage in baseball. Tonight they start a three-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers who are 11-12.

The Pirates’ offense has been worse than abysmal this season. Their .595 OPS as a team is the lowest in baseball. The “regulars” on this team have been awful.

Josh Bell is hitting .200/.241/.300 in 87 plate appearances. Bryan Reynolds is hitting .174/.278/.290 in 79 PA. Adam Frazier is hitting .171/.218/.293 in 87 PA. Since hitting .321/.367/.893 with five home runs over his first eight games, Colin Moran has hit .136/.224/.205 over his last 12 (49 PA). Jarrod Dyson currently has an OPS+ of -9. Gregory Polanco has an OPS+ of eight.

Things are bad. But on the positive side, it doesn’t seem as though they can get much worse. Perhaps this is the series that things get turned around.

The Brewers offense has struggled as well this season. As a team, their OPS of .660 ranks 26th in baseball. Luckily for them, Christian Yelich has been heating up. After hitting .088/.162/.206 over his first 37 PA, he has hit .292/.433/.688 over his last 60 PA.

Pitching matchups

Friday (7:05): Adrian Houser (1-1, 3.27) vs Chad Kuhl (0-1, 3.21)

Saturday (4:05): Josh Lindblom (1-0, 6.62) vs Derek Holland (0-1, 7.36)

Sunday (1:35): Corbin Burnes (0-0, 3.00) vs JT Brubaker (0-0, 4.91)