Ivan Nova (11-6, 4.41 ERA) and Jimmy Nelson (7-13, 4.45 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (67-65) and the Milwaukee Brewers (58-76) at PNC Park. The Brewers won the last game 1-0, and Milwaukee leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 3 and can be seen on FSWI and RTPT.
Nova pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run and striking out four in a 3-1 win over the Brewers. Starling Marte (.308, 69 Rs, 8 HRs, 45 RBIs, 46 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4. Nelson went 3.2 innings, surrendering six runs (one unearned), striking out one and walking three in a 9-6 defeat to the Pirates in his most recent start.
The Brewers currently sit below .500 against the NL Central Division at 19-35, and the Pirates have a 25-28 record.
Milwaukee earned its fifth shutout of the season in its last game. Pittsburgh has been shut out six times this season.
The Pirates didn't score any runs in their last game. The Brewers have a 5-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
It looks like the Brewers have a slight leg up on the Pirates, as the Brewers have won their last two games while the Pirates have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 43-12. The Brewers have a 45-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th in runs, Milwaukee has earned 543 this season. Pittsburgh ranks 17th with 593 runs.
Ranking 22nd, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.725). Pittsburgh ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .730.
The Brewers are 35-58 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Pirates are 36-51 when they allow at least one homer.