Steven Brault (0-1, 3.86 ERA) and Chase Anderson (7-11, 4.92 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (67-66) and the Milwaukee Brewers (59-76) at PNC Park. The Pirates lost the last game 7-4, continuing a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 4 and can be seen on FSWI and RTPT.
Brault pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking two in an 8-7 defeat to the Cubs. Starling Marte (.312, 70 Rs, 9 HRs, 46 RBIs, 47 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one home run, one RBI, and one stolen base. Anderson went 5.1 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking one in a 3-1 defeat to the Pirates in his last outing. Chris Carter (.226, 67 Rs, 31 HRs, 74 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 4 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs.
The Brewers currently sit below .500 against the NL Central Division at 20-35, and the Pirates have a 25-29 record.
The Pirates managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Brewers who are coming in with a 34-34 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Brewers have a slight leg up on the Pirates, as the Brewers have won their last three games while the Pirates have lost their last five.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 43-12. The Brewers have a 46-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, Milwaukee sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 550 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 597.
Pittsburgh and Milwaukee both rank in the bottom half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Pittsburgh sits at 19th with an OPS of .731, and Milwaukee ranks 20th with an OPS of .728.
When the Brewers allow at least one home run, they are 36-58. When the Pirates allow one or more homers, they have a 36-52 record.