|PITTSBURGH ( MCDONALD )|
MILWAUKEE ( ESTRADA )
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-7||+7.4||10-9||4.5||0.255||0.317||3.8||0.229||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+5||6-1||4.6||0.252||0.316||4.1||0.253||0.321|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-6||+2.6||10-5||4.4||0.232||0.289||3.9||0.255||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||5-2||5.0||0.252||0.307||3.3||0.213||0.269|
|4/17/2013||BURNETT(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||5-0||W||+105||7.5 un||U||11||6||0||1||2||2|
|4/22/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)||2-3||L||-115||8 un||U||8||4||0||8||8||0|
|4/23/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||2-0||W||145||7 un||U||7||8||1||4||7||2|
|4/24/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)||5-3||W||100||7 ev||O||7||6||1||10||8||0|
|4/25/2013||MCDONALD(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||6-4||W||170||7 un||O||14||13||1||7||5||1|
|4/26/2013||SANCHEZ(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||1-9||L||187||8 un||O||5||10||1||13||7||0|
|4/27/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||5-3||W||-105||7 ov||O||11||10||0||8||9||0|
|4/28/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||9-0||W||185||7.5 un||O||13||7||1||3||6||0|
|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)|| |
|5/1/2013||GOMEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||BURGOS(R)|| |
|5/7/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|4/16/2013||PERALTA(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||10-8||W||-115||8.5 ov||O||12||5||1||12||9||0|
|4/17/2013||LOHSE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||4-3||W||-125||8.5 un||U||9||7||0||6||5||1|
|4/18/2013||GALLARDO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||7-2||W||+100||7.5 un||O||8||2||1||7||7||0|
|4/19/2013||ESTRADA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||5-4||W||-110||7.5 un||O||7||2||0||10||5||1|
|4/20/2013||BURGOS(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||5-1||W||-105||8.5 ov||U||6||7||0||7||5||3|
|4/21/2013||PERALTA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||4-2||W||-130||8.5 ev||U||3||3||1||5||6||2|
|4/22/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||7-1||W||-115||7 un||O||5||4||1||8||7||0|
|4/23/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||6-3||W||-125||7 ev||O||11||7||0||8||9||0|
|4/24/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||1-2||L||-115||7.5 un||U||7||7||2||5||5||0|
|4/26/2013||BURGOS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||5-7||L||130||7 ev||O||11||7||0||9||7||4|
|4/27/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MAGILL(R)||6-4||W||110||7.5 un||O||9||7||2||7||7||1|
|4/28/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-2||L||165||6.5 un||U||4||3||0||6||4||0|
|5/2/2013||PERALTA(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|5/3/2013||LOHSE(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|5/4/2013||GALLARDO(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||ESTRADA(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)|| |
|5/7/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|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* =========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Pittsburgh (15-10) at Milwaukee (12-11), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Though the Milwaukee Brewers' lengthy winning streak ended in his last start, Marco Estrada certainly could help them extend one against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Coming off an outing in which he hardly deserved his first loss, Estrada tries to continue his mastery of the Pirates and lift the Brewers to a ninth consecutive victory in this NL Central series Tuesday night at Miller Park.
With Milwaukee (13-11) seeking its first 10-game win streak in a decade, Estrada (2-1, 3.86 ERA) was given no runs of support for the second time in three starts Wednesday. He gave up two runs - one earned - and five hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 2-1 loss at San Diego.
"It was probably the best I've felt all year," he told the Brewers' official website. "I thought I located pretty well. But, obviously, one pitch got away from me."
That one pitch ended up out of the park as Carlos Quentin's solo shot was the seventh homer allowed by Estrada. That's four more than any other Brewers starter.
Estrada, though, is 3-0 with a 1.43 ERA in eight games - five starts - versus the Central-leading Pirates. He has 40 strikeouts and three walks in 37 2-3 innings against them.
Pittsburgh (15-11) entered this series having won five of seven on a 10-game trip but would tie a season high for runs allowed Monday in a 10-4 loss, dropping its fifth straight at Miller Park.
The Brewers are 45-7 there against the Pirates since the start of 2007, the best home record by any team against a division opponent during that stretch.
"They play well here," said manager Clint Hurdle, whose Pirates have given up 59 runs during their eight-game losing streak to Milwaukee. "You've got to do some things different than we did tonight to slow down the offense. We didn't."
The Brewers have won seven straight home games overall, and Pittsburgh scheduled starter James McDonald (2-2, 4.38) is 1-3 with an 8.75 ERA in five starts versus Milwaukee - all at Miller Park.
In his last start there, McDonald gave up a career-high four homers in a 12-8 loss Sept. 2. That was also the last time Milwaukee hit five out of the park prior to Monday, when Norichika Aoki, Jean Segura, Carlos Gomez, Yuniesky Betancourt and starter Yovani Gallardo all went deep as the Brewers had 13 hits - their most in three weeks.
They were held to four hits Sunday in a 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"We turned the page today," said Segura, who also had one of Milwaukee's three triples.
McDonald appears to have done that, stringing together a couple of nice starts since getting tagged for eight runs - three earned - in 1 2-3 innings of a 10-6 loss to St. Louis two weeks ago.
"The stuff, for the most part, was crisp, it was on," Hurdle told the Pirates' official website after McDonald yielded three runs in Thursday's 6-4 win at Philadelphia. "So to speak to the point, he seems to be making progress."
The Pirates would like to see that from Andrew McCutchen, whose batting average sits at .217 after finishing third in the majors last year at .327. However, he singled and had an RBI groundout Monday, giving the two-time All-Star a .432 average with four homers and 11 RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak at Miller Park.
Gomez is batting a team-best .524 with three homers during the Brewers' home win streak.
|Last Updated: 3/20/2018 10:34:41 AM EST|