|PITTSBURGH ( RODRIGUEZ )|
MILWAUKEE ( GALLARDO )
|955||PITTSBURGH||+115||Ov 8,-105||+110||Ov 8,-115|
|956||MILWAUKEE||-125||Un 8,-115||-120||Un 8,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-13||+15.4||16-21||4.1||0.247||0.306||3.4||0.220||0.292|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.6||1-6||2.7||0.209||0.267||2.0||0.193||0.246|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-16||-13.4||9-10||3.1||0.251||0.299||5.3||0.277||0.347|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.7||2-5||2.9||0.247||0.299||4.0||0.258||0.325|
|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||GARZA(R)||5-4||W||-145||7.5 un||O||8||9||0||11||8||1|
|5/22/2013||LIRIANO(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||1-0||W||-135||7.5 un||U||3||5||2||4||8||1|
|5/23/2013||GOMEZ(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||4-2||W||-130||7.5 ov||U||9||8||1||7||5||1|
|5/24/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||1-2||L||100||7.5 ov||U||5||5||0||4||4||0|
|5/25/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||FIERS(R)||5-2||W||115||9 un||U||9||6||0||5||5||2|
|5/26/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|5/27/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|5/28/2013||GOMEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|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)||1-7||L||135||8 ov||P||6||8||1||13||9||1|
|5/17/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||6-7||L||155||8.5 un||O||8||2||2||13||7||0|
|5/18/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||6-4||W||150||8 un||O||13||9||0||10||11||0|
|5/19/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GAST(L)||2-4||L||105||9 un||U||10||8||0||9||5||0|
|5/20/2013||GALLARDO(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-3||L||+105||7.5 ov||U||3||4||0||8||5||1|
|5/21/2013||BURGOS(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||5-2||W||+120||8.5 ov||U||12||7||0||10||14||0|
|5/22/2013||PERALTA(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-9||L||-115||8.5 ev||O||9||7||1||12||8||1|
|5/29/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)|| |
|5/30/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA||WALTERS(R)|| |
|5/31/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-MILWAUKEE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pirates-Brewers Preview* =========================
Pittsburgh (29-19) at Milwaukee (19-27), 2:10 p.m. EDT
The Milwaukee Brewers have won all nine of Yovani Gallardo's home starts against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Defeating Wandy Rodriguez, however, could prove difficult.
The Brewers, owners of the worst record in baseball against left-handed starters at 4-16, face another one in Rodriguez in the finale of this three-game set at Miller Park on Sunday.
Gallardo (3-4, 4.50 ERA) is 6-0 with a 2.80 ERA at home against the Pirates, limiting them to a .206 average. The right-hander, however, is looking to avoid losing four straight starts for the first time in his career. He's 0-3 with a 4.91 ERA over his last four outings since beating Pittsburgh 10-4 at home April 29 by allowing three runs over seven innings.
The Pirates (30-19) got revenge by beating Gallardo in a 3-1 home victory May 15 even though he surrendered two runs over six innings. Pittsburgh slugger Pedro Alvarez is 0 for 15 with eight strikeouts against him.
Milwaukee's woes against lefty starters continued in a 5-2 defeat Saturday. Jeff Locke limited the Brewers (19-28) to three hits with seven strikeouts over six scoreless innings as Pittsburgh won for the ninth time in 11 games.
What is curious about the Brewers' record versus left-handers is that their .261 average against them ranks in the top half of all teams.
Ryan Braun is hitting .388 against left-handers and other regulars such as Carlos Gomez (.362), Norichika Aoki (.348) and Jean Segura (.333) are also faring well, yet Milwaukee's record is worse than lowly Miami's 4-15 mark.
"That's still a good offense we're putting out there," Roenicke said. "I look at the lineup, right it down every day and when you look at it and you look at some of the numbers that we're putting up, I expect us to score runs. It's puzzling."
Aramis Ramirez is one of the few Brewers struggling versus lefties with a .214 average.
Rodriguez (5-2, 3.40) is seeking to win four straight starts for the first time since July 2-12, 2009, with Houston. He has posted a 2.37 ERA during his run, and will oppose Gallardo for the third time this year after going 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in the first two.
Rodriguez is 3-8 with a 6.46 ERA in 13 outings at Miller Park. Braun is hitting .386 against him and Ramirez is at .370.
Alex Gonzalez is 2 for 26 versus Gallardo.
Pittsburgh won Saturday for the eighth time in 53 games at Milwaukee behind Alvarez, who homered twice and drove in three runs. Manager Clint Hurdle said he hoped the performance would boost Alvarez to go on a hot streak even though Gallardo figures to pose a major challenge.
"I'm trying to keep it simple and put a good swing on the ball," said Alvarez, who had batted .120 in his previous eight games. "We just want to go out and compete and if we do that, I know that we'll be successful."
The Brewers placed closer Jim Henderson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring following Saturday's game, with Francisco Rodriguez earning the save in a 2-1 win Friday.
There haven't been too many chances for manager Ron Roenicke to use his closer. No team has a worse record this month than the Brewers' 5-17 mark.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 6:26:33 AM EST|