Jameson Taillon (2-1, 3.86 ERA) and Chase Anderson (4-10, 5.44 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (47-45) and the Milwaukee Brewers (39-51) at PNC Park. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jul. 19 and can be seen on FSWI and RTPT.
Taillon pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run and striking out six in an 8-1 win over the Mariners. Anderson went 4.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking five in an 8-1 defeat to the Cardinals in his last outing. Ryan Braun (.313, 37 Rs, 13 HRs, 44 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday.
The Pirates are a relatively short -135 favorite for this NL Central clash. The total is 8 runs.
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The Brewers currently sit below .500 against the NL Central Division at 11-19, and the Pirates have a 17-19 record.
When leading after seven innings, Milwaukee is 16-21, while Pittsburgh is 18-24.
The Brewers didn't score any runs in their last game. The Pirates have a 4-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Brewers are 31-8. The Pirates have a 33-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th, Milwaukee sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 355 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top half at 13th with 426.
Ranking 23rd, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.715). Pittsburgh ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .743.
The Brewers are 26-39 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Pirates are 25-37 when they allow at least one homer.