Brewers - Pirates Series Preview: Didn't We Just Do This?

For the second time this season, the Brewers and Pirates match-up after taking a one-week respite from each other: the Crew faced the Pirates on April 20-22, took a break to get swept by the Cubs, and then matched up against the Bucs again from April 26-28.  Now, after sweeping the Bucs in the last series before the All Star break, the Brewers travel to Pittsburgh for a four-gamer against the Pirates (and some pirogi).

What does it all mean?  I dunno.  Misery loves company?

Current four-game series:

  • Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 6:05 p.m. CDT. TV: FS Wisconsin  Radio: 620 WTMJ
  • Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 6:05 p.m. CDT. TV: FS Wisconsin  Radio: 620 WTMJ
  • Wednesday, July 21, 2010 @ 6:05 p.m. CDT. TV: FS Wisconsin  Radio: 620 WTMJ
  • Thursday, July 22, 2010 @ 6:05 p.m. CDT.  TV: FS Wisconsin  Radio: 620 WTMJ

Pirates Probable Starters (in order)

  • Jeff Karstens (2010 vs. MIL: 3 G, 2 GS, 0-1, 4.38 ERA, 9 SO, 10 BB, 3 HR allowed, 0 HBP)
  • Brad Lincoln (2010 vs. MIL: 1 GS, 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 3 SO, 2 BB, 2 HR allowed)
  • Zach Duke (2010 vs. MIL: 2 GS, 0-2, 14.00 ERA, 7 SO, 8 BB, 3 HR allowed)
  • Ross Ohlendorf (did not face MIL in 2009; has not faced MIL in 2010; 1-7, 4.62 ERA, 51 SO, 33 BB, 10 HR allowed in 2010)

Brewers Probable Starters (in order)

  • Chris Capuano (2010 vs. PIT: 1 G, 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 SO, 0 BB)
  • David Bush (2010 vs. PIT: 2 GS, 2-0, 1.35 ERA, 7 SO, 6 BB, 1 HR allowed)
  • Randy Wolf (2010 vs. PIT: 4 GS, 1-1, 4.10 ERA, 15 SO, 12 BB, 3 HR allowed)
  • Yovani Gallardo (2010 vs. PIT: 2 GS, 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 14 SO, 6 BB, 0 HR allowed)

BATTING LEADERS

Pirates  
                  Brewers
Batting average Andrew McCutchen, .289
Batting average Corey Hart, .295
On-base percentage Steve Pearce, .395

On-base percentage Prince Fielder, .398
Slugging McCutchen, Jones: .435

Slugging Hart, .575
OPS Pearce, .809

OPS Hart, .928
Home runs Garrett Jones, 12
Home runs Hart, Fielder: 22
Runs batted in Jones, 55

Runs batted in Hart, 70
Runs scored McCutchen, 55
Runs scored Rickie Weeks, 61
Stolen bases McCutchen, 21
Stolen bases Ryan Braun, 12
wOBA McCutchen, .358

wOBA Hart, .394
WAR McCutchen, 2.2

WAR Weeks, 2.9

 

PITCHING LEADERS

Pirates  
             
Brewers
Wins Paul Maholm, 6
Wins Gallardo, Narveson: 8
ERA Evan Meek, 1.07

ERA Kameron Loe, 1.44
FIP Meek, 2.62

FIP Zach Braddock, 1.82
SO Maholm, 57

SO Gallardo,122
K/9 Joel Hanrahan, 12.57

K/9 John Axford, 11.20
WHIP Meek, 0.91
WHIP Loe, 0.92
IP Maholm, 114.0

IP Randy Wolf, 122.1
Saves Octavio Dotel, 19

Saves Axford, 11
WAR Maholm, 1.2
WAR Gallardo, 2.9

 

Since last we saw 'em: After breaking for the AS Game, the Pirates hosted Houston in a three-game series.  The Bucs won two of three, dropping the opener of the series before roaring back to win the last two games by a combined score of 21-6.  They also contused Roy Oswalt's ankle in the series finale, so they've got that goin' for 'em.

Who's hot: Outfielder Lastings Milledge has put together a cool .435 / .458 / .739 line in the last 14 days.  He's got a modest six-game hitting streak going, but he's raised his OPS 46 points -- from .700 to .746 -- over that stretch.

Who's not: Lefty Zach Duke has lost his last five starts -- four before being placed on the DL in the middle of June (elbow), and then his most recent start on Friday vs. the Astros.  Duke's vacillated between decent and awful in his fifteen starts this year, and, in the games where he's pitched well, he's received no run support.  Good times!

If you're interested in putting the HBP nonsense from the last series behind you, don't read this: tonight's starting pitcher for the Pirates is Jack Wilson's ugly stepbrother, Jeff Karstens.

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