|MILWAUKEE ( BURGOS )|
PITTSBURGH ( LIRIANO )
|953||MILWAUKEE||+115||Ov 8.5,+100||+135||Ov 8,-115|
|954||PITTSBURGH||-125||Un 8.5,-120||-145||Un 8,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-10||-7||7-7||3.5||0.268||0.316||5.1||0.267||0.348|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5||1-6||3.0||0.256||0.298||4.9||0.248||0.338|
|vs Right-handed Starters||18-12||+9.2||14-16||4.3||0.250||0.310||3.8||0.228||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||2-5||4.4||0.258||0.335||2.7||0.227||0.270|
|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)||5-1||W||140||7 un||U||9||6||0||4||4||3|
|5/14/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||3-4||L||-125||7.5 ev||U||11||9||0||10||11||0|
|5/15/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)||1-3||L||-105||8 ov||U||6||5||1||4||6||0|
|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||LOHSE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GAST(L)|| |
|5/20/2013||GALLARDO(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|5/21/2013||BURGOS(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||PERALTA(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|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|
|5/21/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||LIRIANO(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|5/23/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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 TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Milwaukee (16-21) at Pittsburgh (22-17), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Following a solid performance in his debut, Francisco Liriano faces a much tougher challenge in his second start since coming off the disabled list.
The veteran left-hander looks to win for the second time in as many outings and lead the Pirates to their sixth win in seven games Thursday night against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park.
The Brewers have been one of the best hitting teams against left-handers, though one Pittsburgh Pirates' southpaw has already given them fits in this series.
Wandy Rodriguez limited the Brewers (16-22) to one run over seven innings to help Pittsburgh (23-17) to a 3-1 victory Wednesday.
"These are important moving forward for confidence," said second baseman Neil Walker, who delivered a two-run single. "But being at home here, we feel like it doesn't matter who we play, we need to take advantage of that home field advantage."
The Pirates now hope to win three of four from the Brewers behind Liriano (1-0, 1.69 ERA), who has given up three runs and struck out 17 over 13 2-3 innings in two career starts at PNC Park.
Liriano broke his right arm while slapping a door in his house on Dec. 25 and finally made his first start Saturday, striking out nine and allowing one run in 5 1-3 innings in an 11-2 win over the light-hitting Mets.
"He's pitched before and he's been good," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Good to have him in the fold now, for me it's - three left-handers in the rotation, I like that a lot. Especially in the division we're in, the way we match up against the team."
Liriano is 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA in seven career starts against the Brewers, who had hit .291 against left-handers before getting shut down by Rodriguez Wednesday.
Ryan Braun (.438) and Carlos Gomez (.415) are among the top hitters in baseball against left-handed pitching, while Jean Segura is 17 for 46 (.370) with four homers and 10 RBIs when facing southpaws.
Gomez has also hit Liriano hard, going 5 for 8 with two homers and a double in their matchups.
The Brewers' starting rotation, though, has been the team's biggest problem, posting a 6.59 ERA during the team's 2-11 skid this month.
"Obviously we're struggling right now but we've got to get over it," said Wednesday's losing pitcher Yovani Gallardo. "We've got to work through it and turn it around as soon as possible."
Hiram Burgos (1-1, 6.86) will try to get the rotation headed in the right direction as he looks to bounce back from a miserable performance.
After allowing six runs and 13 hits in his first three starts, the rookie right-hander was tagged for 12 runs and 11 hits over three innings in a 13-7 loss at Cincinnati on Saturday.
"We tried to save our bullpen," Burgos said. "It was the worst outing of my career. The good thing about baseball is you have another game."
The right-hander pitched well against the Pirates on May 1, striking out six and allowing two runs and four hits over seven innings before leaving without a decision in a 6-4 loss.
Pedro Alvarez and Michael McKenry took Burgos deep in that contest, but they're a combined 0 for 11 in this series.
Andrew McCutchen went 0 for 3 in Wednesday's win, leaving him 4 for 33 (.121) over the past eight home games against the Brewers.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 6:40:34 PM EST|