|MILWAUKEE ( HELLWEG )|
PITTSBURGH ( COLE )
|901||MILWAUKEE||+170||Ov 8,-105||+187||Ov 8,-120|
|902||PITTSBURGH||-180||Un 8,-115||-205||Un 8,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-24||+0.2||26-21||4.3||0.264||0.313||4.2||0.253||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.3||4-2||3.9||0.272||0.313||4.1||0.234||0.297|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-22||+25.3||26-34||3.9||0.242||0.299||3.4||0.224||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+7.6||2-4||5.7||0.275||0.327||3.3||0.209||0.278|
|6/14/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||3-4||L||135||8 un||U||12||11||2||7||8||3|
|6/15/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||6-0||W||160||8 ov||U||8||3||0||7||7||0|
|6/16/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||1-5||L||190||8.5 un||U||7||6||1||9||7||0|
|6/18/2013||FIGARO(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||1-10||L||-115||8 un||O||8||8||3||8||7||0|
|6/19/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)||3-1||W||-125||8.5 un||U||6||5||0||10||8||1|
|6/20/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||4-7||L||-135||7.5 ov||O||8||8||1||9||7||3|
|6/25/2013||LOHSE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||9-3||W||-140||8 ov||O||11||3||0||8||5||1|
|6/26/2013||GALLARDO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||4-5||L||-135||8.5 un||O||9||5||2||11||11||0|
|6/27/2013||PERALTA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)||2-7||L||-110||9 un||P||9||8||2||9||6||0|
|6/28/2013||HELLWEG(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||HAND(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|6/30/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)|| |
|7/1/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|7/2/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||HELLWEG(R)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)|| |
|7/4/2013||HAND(R)||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|7/5/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|6/14/2013||LOCKE(L)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||3-0||W||-160||8 un||U||8||7||0||6||5||0|
|6/15/2013||CUMPTON(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||3-5||L||+150||7 ev||O||9||13||1||10||8||1|
|6/16/2013||COLE(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||6-3||W||-125||7.5 un||O||10||6||0||7||5||0|
|6/17/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||1-4||L||110||8 un||U||7||9||1||8||5||0|
|6/18/2013||MORTON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||4-0||W||180||8.5 un||U||4||6||0||4||6||0|
|6/19/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||1-2||L||120||8 un||U||10||14||1||10||10||0|
|6/20/2013||CUMPTON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||5-3||W||185||8 ev||P||10||7||2||8||5||1|
|6/21/2013||COLE(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||5-2||W||150||7.5 ev||U||11||8||0||4||3||0|
|6/22/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||6-1||W||120||7.5 ov||U||10||6||0||8||11||1|
|6/23/2013||MORTON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||10-9||W||145||9 un||O||13||7||3||9||8||2|
|6/25/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)||9-4||W||-120||7 ov||O||13||7||0||5||4||1|
|6/26/2013||GOMEZ(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||4-2||W||160||6.5 ov||U||8||7||1||8||10||0|
|7/5/2013|| ||@ 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.
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*Brewers-Pirates Preview* =========================
Milwaukee (32-44) at Pittsburgh (48-30), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Pittsburgh Pirates will begin a six-game homestand Friday night with a share of the best record in baseball.
The Pirates can extend their longest win streak in nine years to seven games when they send Gerrit Cole to the mound to face the last-place Milwaukee Brewers.
Pittsburgh (48-30), tied with St. Louis atop the NL Central, went 7-2 on a trip against Cincinnati, the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle. The Pirates hit 13 homers and scored 39 runs during the club's longest win streak since a 10-game run June 26-July 5, 2004.
"It was a good trip. Very good trip," manager Clint Hurdle said.
This three-game set will begin with Hurdle handing the ball to Cole (3-0, 3.44 ERA), the first Pittsburgh pitcher to win his first three starts since Jim Nelson in 1970. The 22-year-old right-hander, who allowed two runs over 6 1-3 innings Friday in a 5-2 win over the Angels, has been quick to credit his teammates for his success.
"Good defense and good offense, I think," Cole said. "Those guys have been picking me up and it simplifies the game a little bit."
Cole beat Jered Weaver in his last outing after outdueling former Cy Young Award winners Tim Lincecum and Zack Greinke in his first two.
The mound opponent Friday will be less formidable in Johnny Hellweg, who will make his major league debut. Hellweg is getting the start since Alfredo Figaro went on the disabled list Wednesday with a strained right oblique.
The 6-foot-9 right-hander got the news of his callup in front of his entire team after Triple-A Nashville returned home from a series in New Orleans that ended Tuesday.
"I guess that was a feeling I've never had," Hellweg told the Brewers' official website. "It was kind of surreal. I guess the closest I've ever been to floating."
Hellweg was 7-4 with a 2.82 ERA for the Sounds, and posted a 4.15 ERA in five spring appearances for Milwaukee (32-45).
"The looks we got in spring training was he works quick," manager Ron Roenicke said. "Good stuff with the curveball and the fastball down in the zone, good movement on the fastball. He's got velocity on it."
Pittsburgh is 6-4 against Milwaukee this season, with Pedro Alvarez posting team highs of three homers and eight RBIs despite going 5 for 29 with 10 strikeouts overall. Alvarez is hitting .390 with five homers and 13 RBIs during a 10-game streak.
Andrew McCutchen is tied with Alvarez with three homers against Milwaukee.
Carlos Gomez leads the Brewers in the season series with a .361 average, four homers and eight RBIs. Gomez is expected back in the lineup Friday after missing three games due to a sprained left shoulder suffered in Sunday's loss to Atlanta.
Milwaukee split six games on a homestand that ended Thursday, losing the final two against the Cubs by committing four errors that led to six unearned runs.
"We're getting more consistent offensively, but then we have some miscues like this, we don't bounce out of it and they really hurt us," Roenicke said.
The Pirates are 8-0 after scheduled off days.
|Last Updated: 4/20/2018 9:49:41 AM EST|