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Series preview: Pirates welcome fans at full capacity vs. Brewers

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It’s (Re)Opening Weekend!

Chicago White Sox v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Milwaukee Brewers (48-33) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (29-50), July 1-4, 2021

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

TV: AT&T Sports Pittsburgh

Radio: KDKA-AM

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The Pirates are looking to bounce back and get some revenge against their NL Central Rival, the Milwaukee Brewers.

Here’s a look at what we can expect this weekend:

Projected Starters

Thursday, 7:05 p.m. EST

Corbin Burnes (3-4, 2.53 ERA) vs. Wil Crowe (1-4, 6.50 ERA)

Friday, 7:05 p.m. EST

Adrian Houser (4-5, 4.16 ERA) vs. JT Brubaker (4-7, 3.82 ERA)

Saturday, 4:05 p.m. EST

Eric Lauer (2-3, 4.50 ERA) vs. TBD

Sunday, 1:05 p.m. EST

Freddy Peralta (7-2, 2.17 ERA) vs. Tyler Anderson (3-8, 4.75 ERA)

Projected Lineups

Brewers

  1. Luis Urias (3B)
  2. Christian Yelich (LF)
  3. Willy Adames (SS)
  4. Omar Narvaez (C)
  5. Avisail Garcia (RF)
  6. Jace Peterson (2B)
  7. Keston Hiura (1B)
  8. Jackie Bradley Jr. (CF)
  9. Starting Pitcher

Pirates

  1. Adam Frazier (2B)
  2. Ke’Bryan Hayes (3B)
  3. Bryan Reynolds (CF)
  4. Ben Gamel (LF)
  5. Jacob Stallings (C)
  6. Gregory Polanco (RF)
  7. Phillip Evans (1B)
  8. Kevin Newman (SS)
  9. Starting Pitcher

After averaging less than a run per game in their last series against the Rockies, the Pirates are looking for a spark in the bats this weekend. Unfortunately for them, the Brewers are on deck.

Two of the four pitchers they’ll face this weekend have an ERA under 3.00, and the Brewers offense has also been on a tear lately.

After trailing 7-0 against the Wednesday, the Brewers scored 15 unanswered runs to sweep the Cubs. The win marked their eighth straight victory and the team now holds a six-game lead for first place in the division.

The way these two teams have looked, the Pirates will be lucky to snag one game this weekend, but considering the team is returning to a potential full stadium, perhaps they’ll feed off the energy of a packed house. That’s all we can hope for.