The Pirates will face off against the Brewers in three games this weekend. The Brewers have been a thorn in the Pirates’ side all season. They have kept Josh Bell on the bench and have stifled Steven Brault twice in recent months.
Brewers starting pitcher Eric Lauer will get the start tomorrow night in Pittsburgh. He allowed just one run on two hits in six innings against the Cubs in his last start. He also struck out nine in that game. Lauer will be making his ninth career start against the Pirates and has a 3-2 record with a 2.51 ERA.
Both teams have been struggling in the field this season, but the Brewers have the edge at the plate. Their slugging percentage and home runs have helped them rank among the best in the National League. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, has the worst record since the All-Star Break. They are on pace for their worst season since 2010.
In their last matchup, the Pirates lost a tough game, despite being up by five runs. The Pirates’ ace Brandon Woodruff had a perfect record in May and had a 1.46 ERA, but was beaten in the bottom of the sixth inning when Keston Hiura botched a double play. The Brew City Nine then chased Brandon Woodruff out of the game with an RBI single. The Pirates would later score four runs off of the pitching of junior Guerra.
Pittsburgh has won four of the last five games in their series against the Milwaukee Brewers, but they were outscored by four runs in the seventh inning. Their last five Saturday games have gone at least four extra innings. So, get ready for a close game. The Pirates will look for a way to win the series.