|MILWAUKEE ( ESTRADA )|
PITTSBURGH ( BURNETT )
|901||MILWAUKEE||+140||Ov 7.5,-105||+135||Ov 7,-110|
|902||PITTSBURGH||-150||Un 7.5,-115||-145||Un 7,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-12||-2||16-7||4.7||0.256||0.314||4.9||0.272||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.3||4-3||3.6||0.287||0.335||6.6||0.280||0.357|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-11||+8.6||14-13||4.4||0.257||0.313||3.9||0.227||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.9||3-4||4.3||0.269||0.321||2.7||0.211||0.271|
|5/2/2013||PERALTA(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||5-6||L||-110||8.5 ev||O||12||13||0||12||7||1|
|5/3/2013||LOHSE(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||1-6||L||-110||8 ov||U||8||6||1||15||9||0|
|5/4/2013||GALLARDO(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||6-7||L||+115||7.5 un||O||14||8||1||10||4||0|
|5/5/2013||ESTRADA(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||1-10||L||-120||8.5 un||O||8||7||0||11||10||0|
|5/10/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||3-4||L||140||7.5 ev||U||8||8||0||8||13||0|
|5/11/2013||BURGOS(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||7-13||L||180||8 un||O||11||8||1||14||8||1|
|5/12/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||1-5||L||145||8.5 un||U||7||7||2||6||4||0|
|5/13/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|5/14/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|5/15/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)|| |
|5/16/2013||BURGOS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|5/17/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)|| |
|5/18/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|5/20/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/29/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||4-10||L||120||8 un||O||5||4||1||13||6||2|
|4/30/2013||MCDONALD(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||8-12||L||135||8 ov||O||14||6||1||15||9||0|
|5/1/2013||GOMEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||BURGOS(R)||6-4||W||130||9 un||O||9||4||1||7||7||1|
|5/9/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||2-3||L||110||8 ov||U||8||10||0||8||7||0|
|5/10/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)||7-3||W||-110||7.5 ev||O||12||6||0||10||7||1|
|5/11/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||11-2||W||105||7.5 un||O||16||7||0||7||8||0|
|5/12/2013||GOMEZ(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||3-2||W||190||7 un||U||7||9||0||4||6||1|
|5/19/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|MILWAUKEE: HITTING: It helped when the Brew Crew had Prince Fielder in the fold, but there's still lots of firepower here now that he's moved on. 2B RICKIE WEEKS starts it off, with some of the game's best bat speed. OF NYJER MORGAN doesn't hit the ball hard, but when it drops in he's off to the races. OF RYAN BRAUN has put up Hall of Fame numbers since day one. Now the big question is whether he doped to do it. OF COREY HART has improved his batting eye and is no longer an on-base liability. He's also one of the few Brewers hitters who plays even average defense. 3B ARAMIS RAMIREZ is on the down side of his career, but remains productive. Backup TAYLOR GREEN should see decent time behind him though. IF MAT GAMEL is slated to start at first; nobody knows if he'll be any good. He sure as heck won't be Prince Fielder. C JONATHAN LUCROY was effective in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. Fourth OF CARLOS GOMEZ still can't hit. SS ALEX GONZALEZ will play every day and has decent pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Brewers' front three is among the most formidable in baseball. YOVANI GALLARDO has improved his peripherals every year as a starter. High pitch counts used to chase him early in games, but not anymore. One day he'll win a Cy Young. ZACK GREINKE was a product of bad defense, bad luck, and an unusually high home run rate. In the second half, he was a beast. SHAUN MARCUM pulled a reverse Greinke, starting brilliantly then fading down the stretch. Not too surprising, given the durability issues that have followed Marcum throughout his career. Most teams would still kill to have him as their No. 3 starter. People laughed when the Crew signed RANDY WOLF for three years and $30 million, but he's been a highly dependable innings-eater in both seasons as a Brewer. The same holds for CHRIS NARVESON. He's the very definition of a back-end guy, but as fifth starters go, he's pretty good.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOHN AXFORD and his Long John Silver's facial hair are proof positive that you don't need to spend a fortune on a closer. Axford was an undrafted retread when Milwaukee signed him. The list of 'proven closers' with fat contracts that Axford has outpitched each of the past two years is a deep one. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ ruined the Brewers' offseason plans by accepting arbitration. He's a decent bet for some cheap saves, and still brings it with that crazy body-flinging delivery. But the team may still deal him at some point this season. KAMERON LOE has made a reasonably smooth transition to full-time reliever.
|PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them. |
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (MILWAUKEE-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Brewers-Pirates Preview* =========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Milwaukee (15-19) at Pittsburgh (20-16), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Pittsburgh Pirates have recently struggled against the Milwaukee Brewers but would appear to have an opportunity to change that this week.
The Brewers head into Pittsburgh having lost nine of their first 10 games this month while the Pirates will be trying for a season-high fourth consecutive win Monday night.
Pittsburgh (21-16) has lost 29 of its past 37 games against its NL Central rival and 10 of 13 at PNC Park. The Pirates dropped two of three in Milwaukee in their only meeting this season, and a 6-4 comeback win in the May 1 finale snapped a nine-game skid in the series.
Pittsburgh, though, enters after outscoring the Mets 21-7 in its final three games in New York. The Pirates won 3-2 in Sunday's finale with Pedro Alvarez providing the tiebreaking single in the eighth inning.
Pittsburgh turns to A.J. Burnett as it tries to win four straight for the first time since July 25-28. The veteran right-hander has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last five starts and has pitched six or more innings in all but one outing.
Burnett (3-3, 2.57 ERA), though, has had some trouble getting enough support with the Pirates providing him with an average of 3.31 runs per nine innings. He gave up two runs and two hits over seven innings Wednesday but was outdueled by Seattle ace Felix Hernandez in a 2-1 defeat.
"(A.J.) was a grown man out there doing some good work," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told the team's website.
Similarly, Burnett had a 3.66 ERA in three starts against Milwaukee last season but was backed by two total runs and went 0-2.
This time, he'll face a Brewers team that's dropped four straight after a 5-1 loss in Cincinnati on Sunday. Milwaukee (15-20) has been outscored 26-12 during the skid and 64-35 in its last 10 overall games, a stretch that began with the loss to Pittsburgh on May 1.
The Brewers have been hitting a respectable .279 over the last 10 games and Ryan Braun had a 12-game hit streak before Sunday's defeat. Milwaukee's starting pitchers, however, have an 8.12 ERA this month.
Marco Estrada (2-2, 6.05) gave up a career-high eight runs in a 10-1 loss to St. Louis on May 5, and has allowed 13 runs over his past two outings, covering 8 1-3 innings.
The Brewers gave Estrada two more days of rest and an extra bullpen session to prepare for Monday's start. He's 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in six career starts against Pittsburgh but gave up five runs over five innings in a 12-8 win April 30.
"I feel a million times better," Estrada told the team's website. "I know those things are going to happen, but I didn't like how the mental aspect of it was lost. Normally, I feel like I have pretty good control over that. I didn't have it that day, but I've worked on it. Mentally, right now, I'm pretty strong."
Andrew McCutchen, batting .343 with seven homers and 19 RBIs in his past 17 games against Milwaukee, has six hits in his last 12 at-bats against Estrada, including a pair of home runs.
Braun is 6 for 14 (.429) all-time against Burnett, but he may get a day off to rest his neck and back.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:22:53 PM EST|