|MILWAUKEE ( GUERRA )|
PITTSBURGH ( NOVA )
|951||MILWAUKEE||+130||Ov 8.5,-130||+135||Ov 9,-125|
|952||PITTSBURGH||-140||Un 8.5,+110||-145||Un 9,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-34||+11||36-34||4.7||0.253||0.319||0.438||0.757||4.3||0.251||0.320||0.406||0.726|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.9||2-5||4.7||0.250||0.313||0.400||0.713||4.1||0.236||0.327||0.384||0.711|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-36||-0.5||27-37||4.2||0.246||0.311||0.386||0.697||4.4||0.262||0.312||0.422||0.734|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.3||1-6||4.6||0.278||0.351||0.407||0.757||3.1||0.255||0.316||0.383||0.699|
|7/6/2017||DAVIES(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||MONTGOMERY(L)||11-2||W||160||9.5 ov||O||13||10||0||6||4||2|
|7/7/2017||GUERRA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||9-4||W||200||10.5 ov||O||14||9||5||4||8||1|
|7/8/2017||SUTER(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||3-5||L||175||9.5 ov||U||6||5||2||6||4||1|
|7/9/2017||NELSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||5-3||W||145||9.5 un||U||9||8||0||8||10||0|
|7/17/2017||SUTER(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||KUHL(R)||2-4||L||110||9 un||U||8||11||1||13||10||0|
|7/18/2017||GUERRA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||NOVA(R)|| |
|7/19/2017||DAVIES(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|7/20/2017||NELSON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)|| |
|7/21/2017||GARZA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||NOLA(R)|| |
|7/22/2017||SUTER(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|7/23/2017||GUERRA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||EICKHOFF(R)|| |
|7/25/2017|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|7/4/2017||TAILLON(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEITER JR.(R)||3-0||W||-140||8.5 ov||U||5||5||1||6||11||0|
|7/5/2017||COLE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LIVELY(R)||5-2||W||-150||9 un||U||8||8||1||10||8||1|
|7/6/2017||KUHL(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HELLICKSON(R)||6-3||W||-110||9 un||P||11||7||1||6||0||0|
|7/7/2017||WILLIAMS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||BUTLER(R)||1-6||L||135||9 ev||U||6||12||3||10||9||3|
|7/8/2017||NOVA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||4-2||W||170||8 ev||U||7||7||1||4||4||0|
|7/9/2017||KUHL(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||14-3||W||180||9.5 un||O||12||7||0||11||10||2|
|7/14/2017||COLE(R)||ST LOUIS||LEAKE(R)||5-2||W||-125||8 ov||U||12||10||0||6||4||0|
|7/15/2017||TAILLON(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||0-4||L||-125||8 ev||U||9||9||1||8||4||1|
|7/16/2017||WILLIAMS(R)||ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||4-3||W||+105||8.5 ov||U||8||7||2||13||10||0|
|7/21/2017||WILLIAMS(R)||@ COLORADO||HOFFMAN(R)|| |
|7/22/2017||KUHL(R)||@ COLORADO||MARQUEZ(R)|| |
|7/23/2017||NOVA(R)||@ COLORADO||SENZATELA(R)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|7/25/2017|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|MILWAUKEE: 2016: 73-89, fourth place
Manager: Craig Counsell (third season)
Who's new? 1B Eric Thames, 3B Travis Shaw, C Jett Bandy, RHP Neftali Feliz, RHP Joba Chamberlain, LHP Tommy Milone
Who's gone? 1B Chris Carter, C Martin Maldonado, OF Rymer Liriano, RHP Tyler Thornburg, RHP Blaine Boyer, LHP Chris Capuano
Projected lineup: 2B Jonathan Villar (.285, 19 HR, 63 RBI, 62 SB), SS Orlando Arcia (.219, 4, 17), LF Ryan Braun (.305, 30, 91, 16), 1B Eric Thames (.317, 40, 118, 13 SBs in Korea), RF Domingo Santana (.256, 11, 32), 3B Travis Shaw (.242, 16, 71 with Red Sox), CF Keon Broxton (.242, 9, 19, 23 SB), C Jett Bandy (.234, 8, 25 with Angels)
Rotation: Junior Guerra (9-3, 2.81 ERA), Zach Davies (11-7, 3.97), Matt Garza (4-8, 4.51), Wily Peralta (7-11, 3.86), Jimmy Nelson (8-16, 4.62) or Chase Anderson (9-11, 4.39) or Tommy Milone (3-5, 5.71 with Twins)
Key relievers: RHP Neftali Feliz (4-2, 3.52 with Pirates), RHP Corey Knebel (1-4, 4.68), RHP Carlos Torres (3-3, 2.73), RHP Jhan Marinez (0-1, 3.22), RHP Joba Chamberlain (0-0, 2.25 with Indians), RHP Jacob Barnes (0-1, 2.70), RHP Tyler Cravy (0-1, 2.86)
Hot spot: Fifth starter. Guerra and Davies began last season in the minors, then emerged as pleasant surprises in an otherwise long season. Now the Brewers have seven candidates for five rotation jobs. Nelson, who's led the staff in innings the last two years, might be wary of his two minor league options if he struggles out of the gate.
Outlook: No team was more active on the bases last season than the Brewers, whose 181 steals were the most by any team since 2009. Villar, Broxton and Hernan Perez were the primary thieves, and all return. The front office curiously chose not to bring back Carter after a 41-home run season. His replacement is Thames, who hasn't had a major league at-bat since 2012. Hitter-friendly Miller Park will do no favors to their pedestrian pitching staff, but the Brewers aren't expected to contend for at least another couple seasons. At least their offense will be entertaining in the meantime.
|PITTSBURGH: 2016: 78-83, third place
Manager: Clint Hurdle (seventh season)
Who's new? RHP Daniel Hudson, IF Phil Gosselin
Who's gone? IF Sean Rodriguez, OF Matt Joyce, SP Jeff Locke, SP Ryan Vogelsong, RP Neftali Feliz, C Eric Fryer
Projected lineup: 2B Josh Harrison (.283, 4 HR, 59 RBI, 19 SB), 1B Josh Bell (.273, 3, 19), RF Andrew McCutchen (.256, 24, 79), CF Starling Marte (.311, 9, 46, 47 SB), LF Gregory Polanco (.258, 22, 86), 3B Jung-ho Kang (.255, 21, 62), C Francisco Cervelli (.264, 1, 33), SS Jordy Mercer (.256, 11, 59)
Rotation: RH Gerrit Cole (7-10, 3.88 ERA), RH Ivan Nova (12-8, 4.17 for Yankees and Pirates), RH Jameson Taillon (5-4, 3.38), RH Chad Kuhl (5-4, 4.20), RH Drew Hutchison (1-0, 5.25 with Blue Jays and Pirates) or Steven Brault (0-3, 4.86) or Trevor Williams (1-1, 7.82) or Tyler Glasnow (0-2, 4.24)
Key relievers: LH Tony Watson (2-5, 3.06, 15/20 SV), RH Daniel Hudson (3-2, 5.22 with Diamondbacks), LH Felipe Rivero (1-6, 4.09 for Nationals and Pirates), RH Juan Nicasio (10-7, 4.50), LH Antonio Bastardo (3-0, 4.52 with Mets and Pirates), RH Jared Hughes (1-1, 3.03), LH Wade LeBlanc (4-0, 3.77 with Mariners and Pirates)
Hot spots: Rotation and closer. Right-hander Glasnow, 23, is a consensus top-25 prospect who made his major league debut last year. The Pirates would love to see him seize the fifth starter's job in camp, but right-hander Hutchison offers a more experienced option if Glasnow isn't ready. Watson became the closer after Mark Melancon was traded to Washington last summer, but his sinker/slider/changeup mix isn't typical ninth-inning stuff. Keep an eye on Rivero, a 25-year-old lefty acquired in the Melancon trade. His fastball actually gained velocity as last season wore on, eventually touching triple digits. Rivero might begin the season as the set-up man but his ascension to the ninth inning seems inevitable.
Outlook: The Pirates made some interesting tweaks after missing the playoffs for the first time in four years. They made no major trades, signed only two major league free agents (pitchers Nova and Hudson) and revamped Hurdle's coaching staff. They also moved their outfielders around: McCutchen goes from center to right, Marte from left to center, and Polanco from right to left. McCutchen is coming off the worst season of his career. So is ace right-hander Cole. The path back to the playoffs begins with the two stars bouncing back. If the team's other homegrown talent ' Taillon, Glasnow, Bell and Polanco ' continue their evolution, Pittsburgh should return to the postseason in 2017.
|Pirates' Marte set to return from PED suspension|
PITTSBURGH -- Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is expected to return from an 80-game suspension when Pittsburgh faces the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday at PNC Park.
Marte last played April 17 against the St. Louis Cardinals before testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. In 13 games with the Pirates this season, he is hitting .241 with two home runs, 13 hits and seven RBIs.
"These 80 days I've spent away from the game taught me a lot," Marte said through a translator Monday. "I've learned a lot and matured a lot. ... I do not want to be a distraction to my team. If anything, starting today or tomorrow when I put on that uniform, I want to represent this team. I don't want to be a distraction anymore."
With Marte back, the Pirates (45-48) will attempt to earn their ninth win in 11 games and hand the Brewers a third straight loss. Pittsburgh took the series opener 4-2 on Monday.
Last season, Marte led Pittsburgh with a .311 batting average. He had nine home runs, 46 RBIs and 47 stolen bases in 129 games.
Marte's teammates feel fortunate to have him back.
"We're getting a heck of a player back, I know that, somebody that's a five-tool player," shortstop Jordy Mercer said. "I don't know how the crowd's going to react, I don't know any of that stuff, but I just know that it's going to give us a boost. He's a heck of a player and a dynamic athlete."
Marte will play left field upon his return. He began the season in center field, where Andrew McCutchen has since taken over.
The Brewers (52-43) will try to make Marte's return a rough one by sending right-hander Junior Guerra to the mound. Guerra (1-3, 4.78 ERA) is expected to be taken off the disabled list and return to the rotation after missing the minimum 10 days due to a right shin contusion.
In his most recent outing, Guerra allowed three runs (one earned) in 3 1/3 innings during a 9-4 win over the New York Yankees. He was struck in the shin by a comebacker, then was lifted after a rain delay.
In five career games against Pittsburgh, including four starts, Guerra is 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA in 25 innings. He has recorded 20 strikeouts and 11 walks.
Pittsburgh right fielder Gregory Polanco could give Guerra fits if he hits the same way he did Monday, when he went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles. He has hit safely in 11 of his past 12 games with the lone exception coming July 9, when he entered in the seventh inning and went 0-for-1.
Pirates right-hander Ivan Nova (9-6, 3.21 ERA) will look for a second consecutive win Tuesday. Nova has split his last four starts after winning four of his previous five decisions.
Nova has made three career starts against Milwaukee, going 1-1 with a 3.32 ERA in 19 innings. He has 15 strikeouts and only three walks against the Brewers.
Milwaukee could be without catcher Stephen Vogt, who sustained a left knee strain and a neck strain when Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl collided with him at the plate Monday. Vogt remained down for a few minutes before leaving the field through Pittsburgh's dugout.
Following the game, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Vogt is day-to-day.
"I think it was a pretty good collision, and he said right away that his knee and his neck were bugging him," Counsell said. "So, it got a little better as the night went on a little bit, but we'll have to see how he's doing tomorrow."
|Last Updated: 7/26/2017 7:49:33 AM EST|