|MILWAUKEE ( ANDERSON )|
PITTSBURGH ( WILLIAMS )
|903||MILWAUKEE||-125||Ov 8.5,-110||-120||Ov 8.5,-120|
|904||PITTSBURGH||+115||Un 8.5,-110||+110||Un 8.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||63-55||+14.3||47-64||4.3||0.246||0.314||0.423||0.736||4.1||0.248||0.317||0.391||0.708|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.8||4-3||5.7||0.287||0.376||0.462||0.838||3.3||0.247||0.277||0.351||0.629|
|vs Right-handed Starters||52-59||-6.2||41-64||4.1||0.248||0.312||0.387||0.699||4.4||0.260||0.316||0.418||0.734|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.6||1-6||2.3||0.213||0.267||0.339||0.606||3.9||0.234||0.320||0.421||0.740|
|9/5/2017||DAVIES(R)||@ CINCINNATI||STEPHENSON(R)||3-9||L||-130||9.5 ev||O||5||9||1||11||6||0|
|9/6/2017||GARZA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CASTILLO(R)||1-7||L||125||9.5 un||U||4||3||1||10||6||0|
|9/8/2017||NELSON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)||2-0||W||115||7.5 ov||U||4||5||0||5||8||0|
|9/9/2017||ANDERSON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||MONTGOMERY(L)||15-2||W||145||8 un||O||12||7||0||6||6||1|
|9/10/2017||DAVIES(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||3-1||W||145||8 un||U||7||8||0||8||7||2|
|9/15/2017||JEFFRESS(R)||@ MIAMI||URENA(R)||10-2||W||-120||9.5 ov||O||12||9||0||6||5||0|
|9/16/2017||DAVIES(R)||@ MIAMI||CONLEY(L)||4-7||L||-150||9.5 ev||O||8||9||0||12||5||0|
|9/17/2017||WOODRUFF(R)||@ MIAMI||PETERS(L)||10-3||W||-135||9 ov||O||16||9||1||8||5||1|
|9/18/2017||SUTER(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)||3-0||W||-105||8.5 ov||U||10||7||0||8||6||0|
|9/19/2017||ANDERSON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|9/20/2017||GARZA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BRAULT(L)|| |
|9/21/2017||DAVIES(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)|| |
|9/22/2017||WOODRUFF(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|9/23/2017||SUTER(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||ANDERSON(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)|| |
|9/26/2017|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|9/5/2017||BRAULT(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||4-3||W||+150||8.5 un||U||8||4||0||8||8||1|
|9/6/2017||COLE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)||0-1||L||+115||7.5 ov||U||6||6||0||3||6||1|
|9/7/2017||TAILLON(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||2-8||L||+125||7.5 un||O||8||11||0||13||7||0|
|9/8/2017||WILLIAMS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WEAVER(R)||1-4||L||170||7.5 un||U||9||7||0||5||5||0|
|9/9/2017||KUHL(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||3-4||L||175||8 un||U||7||8||1||4||5||1|
|9/10/2017||NOVA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||0-7||L||145||8.5 un||U||6||5||1||8||5||0|
|9/11/2017||BRAULT(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||WOODRUFF(R)||7-0||W||155||9 ev||U||9||6||0||3||4||1|
|9/12/2017||COLE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||SUTER(L)||2-5||L||110||8.5 ov||U||6||7||1||8||6||0|
|9/13/2017||GLASNOW(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ANDERSON(R)||2-8||L||150||8.5 ov||O||10||10||0||12||9||2|
|9/15/2017||KUHL(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||2-4||L||110||9.5 ov||U||7||9||0||9||10||0|
|9/16/2017||NOVA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ROMANO(R)||1-2||L||130||9.5 ov||U||6||5||0||4||2||0|
|9/17/2017||COLE(R)||@ CINCINNATI||STEPHENSON(R)||2-5||L||-110||9 ov||U||3||4||0||4||5||0|
|9/22/2017||KUHL(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||NOVA(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||COLE(R)||ST LOUIS||FLAHERTY(R)|| |
|9/26/2017|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|MILWAUKEE: 2016: 73-89, fourth place
Manager: Craig Counsell (third season)
Who's new? 1B Eric Thames, 3B Travis Shaw, C Jett Bandy, RHP Neftali Feliz, RHP Joba Chamberlain, LHP Tommy Milone
Who's gone? 1B Chris Carter, C Martin Maldonado, OF Rymer Liriano, RHP Tyler Thornburg, RHP Blaine Boyer, LHP Chris Capuano
Projected lineup: 2B Jonathan Villar (.285, 19 HR, 63 RBI, 62 SB), SS Orlando Arcia (.219, 4, 17), LF Ryan Braun (.305, 30, 91, 16), 1B Eric Thames (.317, 40, 118, 13 SBs in Korea), RF Domingo Santana (.256, 11, 32), 3B Travis Shaw (.242, 16, 71 with Red Sox), CF Keon Broxton (.242, 9, 19, 23 SB), C Jett Bandy (.234, 8, 25 with Angels)
Rotation: Junior Guerra (9-3, 2.81 ERA), Zach Davies (11-7, 3.97), Matt Garza (4-8, 4.51), Wily Peralta (7-11, 3.86), Jimmy Nelson (8-16, 4.62) or Chase Anderson (9-11, 4.39) or Tommy Milone (3-5, 5.71 with Twins)
Key relievers: RHP Neftali Feliz (4-2, 3.52 with Pirates), RHP Corey Knebel (1-4, 4.68), RHP Carlos Torres (3-3, 2.73), RHP Jhan Marinez (0-1, 3.22), RHP Joba Chamberlain (0-0, 2.25 with Indians), RHP Jacob Barnes (0-1, 2.70), RHP Tyler Cravy (0-1, 2.86)
Hot spot: Fifth starter. Guerra and Davies began last season in the minors, then emerged as pleasant surprises in an otherwise long season. Now the Brewers have seven candidates for five rotation jobs. Nelson, who's led the staff in innings the last two years, might be wary of his two minor league options if he struggles out of the gate.
Outlook: No team was more active on the bases last season than the Brewers, whose 181 steals were the most by any team since 2009. Villar, Broxton and Hernan Perez were the primary thieves, and all return. The front office curiously chose not to bring back Carter after a 41-home run season. His replacement is Thames, who hasn't had a major league at-bat since 2012. Hitter-friendly Miller Park will do no favors to their pedestrian pitching staff, but the Brewers aren't expected to contend for at least another couple seasons. At least their offense will be entertaining in the meantime.
|PITTSBURGH: 2016: 78-83, third place
Manager: Clint Hurdle (seventh season)
Who's new? RHP Daniel Hudson, IF Phil Gosselin
Who's gone? IF Sean Rodriguez, OF Matt Joyce, SP Jeff Locke, SP Ryan Vogelsong, RP Neftali Feliz, C Eric Fryer
Projected lineup: 2B Josh Harrison (.283, 4 HR, 59 RBI, 19 SB), 1B Josh Bell (.273, 3, 19), RF Andrew McCutchen (.256, 24, 79), CF Starling Marte (.311, 9, 46, 47 SB), LF Gregory Polanco (.258, 22, 86), 3B Jung-ho Kang (.255, 21, 62), C Francisco Cervelli (.264, 1, 33), SS Jordy Mercer (.256, 11, 59)
Rotation: RH Gerrit Cole (7-10, 3.88 ERA), RH Ivan Nova (12-8, 4.17 for Yankees and Pirates), RH Jameson Taillon (5-4, 3.38), RH Chad Kuhl (5-4, 4.20), RH Drew Hutchison (1-0, 5.25 with Blue Jays and Pirates) or Steven Brault (0-3, 4.86) or Trevor Williams (1-1, 7.82) or Tyler Glasnow (0-2, 4.24)
Key relievers: LH Tony Watson (2-5, 3.06, 15/20 SV), RH Daniel Hudson (3-2, 5.22 with Diamondbacks), LH Felipe Rivero (1-6, 4.09 for Nationals and Pirates), RH Juan Nicasio (10-7, 4.50), LH Antonio Bastardo (3-0, 4.52 with Mets and Pirates), RH Jared Hughes (1-1, 3.03), LH Wade LeBlanc (4-0, 3.77 with Mariners and Pirates)
Hot spots: Rotation and closer. Right-hander Glasnow, 23, is a consensus top-25 prospect who made his major league debut last year. The Pirates would love to see him seize the fifth starter's job in camp, but right-hander Hutchison offers a more experienced option if Glasnow isn't ready. Watson became the closer after Mark Melancon was traded to Washington last summer, but his sinker/slider/changeup mix isn't typical ninth-inning stuff. Keep an eye on Rivero, a 25-year-old lefty acquired in the Melancon trade. His fastball actually gained velocity as last season wore on, eventually touching triple digits. Rivero might begin the season as the set-up man but his ascension to the ninth inning seems inevitable.
Outlook: The Pirates made some interesting tweaks after missing the playoffs for the first time in four years. They made no major trades, signed only two major league free agents (pitchers Nova and Hudson) and revamped Hurdle's coaching staff. They also moved their outfielders around: McCutchen goes from center to right, Marte from left to center, and Polanco from right to left. McCutchen is coming off the worst season of his career. So is ace right-hander Cole. The path back to the playoffs begins with the two stars bouncing back. If the team's other homegrown talent ' Taillon, Glasnow, Bell and Polanco ' continue their evolution, Pittsburgh should return to the postseason in 2017.
|Brewers look to gain more ground in Pittsburgh|
PITTSBURGH -- The two teams the Milwaukee Brewers are chasing for a playoff spot -- the Chicago Cubs for the National League Central title and the Colorado Rockies for the second NL wild card -- were off Monday.
The Brewers (80-70) took full advantage by shutting out the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 in the opener of a three-game series at PNC Park. They are 3 1/2 games behind the Cubs, two games behind the Rockies.
Milwaukee won't have the schedule in its favor Tuesday with all teams playing, but it will take whatever gains it can get.
"Every game, every series is more magnified this time of year," Milwaukee second baseman Neil Walker said. "You try not to look around. Obviously, you know where you are in the standings, but when you're playing on a night (like Monday) when the teams you're chasing are not playing and you can pick up a half a game, that's always important."
The Brewers are facing a club that has little to play for beyond pride. Pittsburgh (68-83) has lost six in a row and 11 of 12. Not that anything is a given against a struggling team out of the postseason hunt.
"Look, we don't have a lot of margin for error," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "Another win adds a little more pressure to the teams we're chasing and puts us in a good spot."
Counsell is still formulating things for the final weeks of the season. For instance, he hasn't named a starter for the Wednesday game against the Pirates.
Tuesday's starter, however, is set.
Chase Anderson (10-3, 2.88 ERA) faced the Pirates just last Wednesday, and while he had a good outing -- two runs (one earned), seven hits, one walk, two strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in an 8-2 Brewers win -- he already knows the Tuesday start will be different.
That's because the Wednesday win was the first time in his career he pitched on three days' rest. The move occurred after Jimmy Nelson underwent season-ending shoulder surgery.
"It showed (courage). A lot of gusto," Milwaukee first baseman Eric Thames told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Any time a guy will go out there and throw 90 or 100 pitches on three days' rest, that shows a lot. That means a lot to our team."
Anderson figures missing seven weeks earlier this season because of a strained left oblique left him rested and in a good position to be a key player as the Brewers chase a playoff spot.
"I want to be 'that guy,'" he told the Journal Sentinel. "There's plenty of guys in this clubhouse that can be that guy, but when you get asked to do it, it's an honor. I hope to do it throughout this September and, hopefully, in the postseason.
"I feel strong, I feel healthy, and I think being out with the oblique injury kind of set me up for this. Kind of a blessing in disguise. Arm feels great, I'm ready to go."
Anderson is 5-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 10 career starts against the Pirates. This season, he is 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA in two starts vs. Pittsburgh.
Anderson will be pitted against Pittsburgh's Trevor Williams (6-8, 4.26 ERA).
Williams is 1-4 in his past six outings despite some strong starts after he pitched a gem Aug. 7 against Detroit, when he went seven scoreless innings as part of a combined one-hitter.
As Pittsburgh has done with others, Williams was skipped on what would have been his most recent turn in the rotation. In his most recent start, on Sept. 8 in St. Louis, he allowed four runs and four hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings during a 4-1 loss.
Before that start appearance, he had allowed two runs total in three starts, but he wasn't sharp against the Cardinals, and then had to wait to get another crack.
"It was lack of execution on some pitches," Williams said. "My slider kept missing down, and they weren't really biting. I didn't make the adjustment to throw for strikes. I walked too many guys. It was just unacceptable pitch execution."
In his career, Williams is 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA in one relief appearance and one start against Milwaukee.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2017 2:56:16 PM EST|