Preview: Pirates at Brewers

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GAME: Pittsburgh Pirates (66-61) at Milwaukee Brewers (56-73)
DATE/TIME: Sunday, August 28 - 2:10 PM EST
WHERE: Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
LINE: N/A TOTAL: N/A


The Pittsburgh Pirates seem to have finally solved Miller Park and now set their sights on a four-game sweep against the host Milwaukee Brewers when the teams finish the set Sunday afternoon. The Pirates entered the series having lost nine straight games in Milwaukee and with an atrocious 17-64 record at the Brewers' home park since 2007.

They've responded with three straight wins to begin the set - Pittsburgh's first such streak in Miller Park since 2013 - including a 9-6 triumph on Saturday. Andrew McCutchen stayed hot with two hits and an RBI as the Pirates pulled within 1 1/2 games of St. Louis in the push for the second wild card spot in the National League. The former NL MVP is hitting .356 with nine RBIs in his last 12 games, but he is only 2-for-10 with four strikeouts against Chase Anderson, who gets the nod in the series finale for Milwaukee. Pittsburgh counters with Ivan Nova as he makes his fifth start with his new team.

TV: 2:10 p.m. ET, ROOT (Pittsburgh), FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Ivan Nova (10-6, 4.55 ERA) vs. Brewers RH Chase Anderson (7-10, 4.99) 

Nova is 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA in four starts since joining Pittsburgh at the trade deadline after tossing a complete game to defeat Houston on Tuesday. He allowed a run and six hits with six strikeouts while going the distance for the fourth time in his seven-year career. The 29-year-old has never faced the Brewers.

Anderson gave up three runs and struck out a season high-tying seven in five innings of a no-decision against Colorado on Tuesday. It marked the fifth straight home start in which the Texas native has allowed three runs or fewer, leaving him with a 4.06 ERA at Miller Park. One of those outings came versus the Pirates, against whom Anderson is 1-1 with a 4.63 ERA in five career starts.

WALK-OFFS

1. Pittsburgh RHP Gerrit Cole will not make his scheduled start Monday against the Chicago Cubs and instead will see a specialist about a sore elbow.

2. Brewers 3B Hernan Perez homered twice Saturday and has six long balls in August.

3. The Pirates have won seven straight and eight of their last nine on the road.

PREDICTION: Pirates 6, Brewers 4

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Pittsburgh 66-61 W3 34-30 32-31 11-15 24-24 22-11 9-11
Milwaukee 56-73 L3 36-32 20-41 16-17 17-32 13-17 10-7

Last Meeting

Pittsburgh Milwaukee
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/27/16 PIT 9 MIL 6 .316 0 .790 .306 3 .970

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
PIT S. Marte .341 14 .912
MIL J. Villar .255 12 .662
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
PIT A. McCutchen 3 8 7
MIL H. Perez 3 7 10
Pitching ERA Avg K
PIT 3.91 .254 118
MIL 3.51 .244 85
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
PIT S. Marte .303 137 .801
MIL R. Braun .315 129 .928
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
PIT G. Polanco 19 68 75
MIL C. Carter 30 65 71
Pitching ERA Avg K
PIT 4.10 .257 948
MIL 4.32 .246 934

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Pittsburgh Overall Milwaukee
66-61 W/L 56-73
61-66 RL W/L 66-63
70-54-3 O/U 61-61-7
4.55 Runs For 4.12
4.46 Runs Against 4.76
Pittsburgh A/H Milwaukee
32-31 W/L 36-32
31-32 RL W/L 37-31
31-30-2 O/U 30-33-5
4.49 Runs For 4.41
4.56 Runs Against 4.43
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