Jameson Taillon (3-3, 3.39 ERA) and Junior Guerra (7-3, 2.93 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (67-64) and the Milwaukee Brewers (57-76) at PNC Park. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 2 and can be seen on FSWI and RTPT.
Taillon pitched 3.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out three and walking two in a 9-6 win over the Brewers. Gregory Polanco (.273, 70 Rs, 21 HRs, 79 RBIs, 12 SBs) went 1 for 5 Wednesday. Guerra went 4.0 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out five and walking three in a 12-3 defeat to the Padres in his last outing. Ryan Braun (.312, 67 Rs, 24 HRs, 74 RBIs, 14 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday.
The Brewers currently sit below .500 against the NL Central Division at 18-35, and the Pirates have a 25-27 record.
The Pirates managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Brewers who are coming in with a 13-18 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Brewers are 11-63. The Pirates have a 16-49 record when opponents outhit them.
Pittsburgh ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 123 this season. Milwaukee ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 149.
Ranking 10th, Pittsburgh is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 435 this season. Milwaukee ranks in the top five at second with 511.
The Pirates are 48-28 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Brewers are 45-39 when they hit at least one homer.