|MILWAUKEE ( WILKERSON )|
PITTSBURGH ( BRAULT )
|957||MILWAUKEE||+100||Ov 8.5,-115||-115||Ov 8.5,-115|
|958||PITTSBURGH||-110||Un 8.5,-105||+105||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-15||+4||19-12||5.6||0.262||0.329||0.425||0.754||5.0||0.271||0.337||0.444||0.781|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.5||4-3||5.9||0.299||0.392||0.485||0.878||2.3||0.237||0.256||0.297||0.553|
|vs Right-handed Starters||52-60||-7.2||41-65||4.1||0.247||0.311||0.385||0.696||4.3||0.259||0.316||0.417||0.733|
|Past 7 Games||0-7||-7.2||1-6||1.3||0.203||0.246||0.282||0.528||4.0||0.247||0.339||0.447||0.785|
|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)||1-0||W||100||8.5 ov||U||6||8||1||6||6||0|
|9/20/2017||WILKERSON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BRAULT(L)|| |
|9/21/2017||DAVIES(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|9/22/2017||WOODRUFF(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||SUTER(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||ANDERSON(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|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||NOVA(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||KUHL(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||COLE(R)||ST LOUIS||FLAHERTY(R)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||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 throw Wilkerson into fire vs. Pirates|
PITTSBURGH -- Right-hander Aaron Wilkerson will become the 13th pitcher to start a game for the Milwaukee Brewers this season when he opposed the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.
He might be the least likely.
Wilkerson will be making his first major league start after his big-league debut came in relief last week. But he wasn't on many radars when it came to starting pitching options for the Brewers for much of the season, which he spent with Double-A Biloxi.
His numbers in Biloxi were fine, if not eye-catching. He posted an 11-4 record with a 3.14 ERA. He struck out 143 and walked 36 in 142 1/3 innings. However, at 28, he was significantly more experienced than his competition.
Not many players get called up from Double-A to the majors at the end of the season, but not many take the path Wilkerson took to get there, either.
Undrafted out of Cumberland University, Wilkerson spent a year and a half bouncing around independent leagues. By the time he signed with the Boston Red Sox's organization in 2014, he was already as older than many major league rookies.
"He's got a different path, for sure," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Tuesday. "And one that tested, certainly, his love for the game. It could have been easy for him to kind of certainly go a different direction multiple times. But he's stuck to it, and he's a good pitcher. And that's why he's getting this shot."
Not to put any more pressure on Wilkerson than already exists, but it is not exactly a throw-away September game. The Brewers have one more shot to add on against the struggling Pirates, whom they shut out on back-to-back nights to start the three-game series, before facing the first-place Chicago Cubs in a division showdown this weekend.
Milwaukee, which trails the Colorado Rockies by one game for the second National League wild-card spot, is 3 1/2 behind Chicago in the NL Central.
"It's a big spot," Counsell said, "but we will feel like he has been pitching in a way that we think he can have success up here. So I am looking forward to it, and we will see where it gets us."
Across the diamond, the Pirates are trying something different, too.
After the rosters expanded in September, the Pirates called up left-hander Steven Brault and righty Tyler Glasnow from Triple-A Indianapolis. Brault and Glasnow were pitching in the rotation in the minors, and the Pirates wanted to see them perform in that role in the majors.
However, Pittsburgh already had five starters, and none seemed eager to yield any playing time. The Pirates skipped some starts and pushed some starts back to try make it work, but Wednesday, they are going to try something else.
Brault and Glasnow will both pitch, with Brault getting the start and Glasnow coming in midway through. Glasnow has pitched in relief before -- a few games at the end of the 2016 season -- but this will be something new to him and the Pirates. Even so, he is approaching it just like any other start.
"I'm just doing the same stuff," he said. "I'm not going to have a starter routine (before the game). I'll warm up in the 'pen. I obviously won't have all of my normal stretches and stuff, but it's the same game."
Brault (1-0, 4.38 ERA) has faced the Brewers four times in his career and is 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA. Glasnow (2-7, 7.89) is 0-2 with an 8.00 ERA against Milwaukee in his career.
|Last Updated: 1/18/2018 9:20:14 PM EST|