Wednesday, May 29, 2024

MLB Preview: Milwaukee Brewers (76-61) at Pittsburgh Pirates (64-74)


SUMMARY: Are 240-186 all-time, including 7-4 this season…..went 11-8 last season…..have gone 52-26 against the Pirates since 2019.

at MIL: Are 138-75 all-time, going 127-65 at American Family Field and 11-10 at County Stadium…..are 5-2 this season…..went 6-3 last season….. are 28-10 since 2019.

at PIT: Have gone 102-111 all-time, going 90-106 at PNC Park and 12-5 at Three Rivers Stadium…..are 2-2 this season…..went 5-5 last season.

The next win for the Brewers will be their 2,000th as a member of the National League…..since joining the NL in 1998, the Brewers have gone 1,999-2085 (19th in MLB/9th in NL)….. since 2005, when Mark Attanasio took over ownership of the team, the Brewers have gone 1,519-1,433 (9th in MLB/4th in NL)…..since 2017, the
team is 557-451 (7th in MLB/3rd in NL), qualifying for the postseason in a franchise-record four consecutive years from 2018-21 and missing the postseason by just a single game in 2017 and last season.

Brandon Iron
Brandon Woodruff is 13-3 with a 2.46 ERA in his last 28 starts dating back to last season (164.2ip, 45er) while holding opponents to a .195 AVG (116-for-595) and 0.96 WHIP with 42 walks and 202 strikeouts.

Stacking Streaks
William Contreras enters the day on a career-high 14-game hitting streak, batting .357 (20-for-56) with 3 HR and 12 RBI… marks his third streak of the season of at least 10 games…..he is the first Brewer with three hitting streaks of 10+ games in a single season since Christian Yelich had three (15, 11, 10) in 2018…..his current streak is also the longest by a Brewer this season.

Streak Dates
11 games ……………………………. 3/30-4/14
10 games ……………………………….7/2-7/16
14 games ……………………..8/18-current

Santana’s Greatest Hits
Carlos Santana needs 3 HR for 300 in his career…..his 297 HR are 10th in MLB history by switch-hitters.

Player HR

  1. Chili Davis …………………………………..350
  2. Reggie Smith ………………………………314
  3. Ruben Sierra ……………………………..306
  4. Carlos Santana …………………….. 297

That’ll Leave a Mark
Mark Canha has reached base safely in 16 straight games, batting .364 (20-for-55) with 3 HR and 12 RBI and a .462 OBP/.600 SLG/1.062 OPS.

Christian Yelich is 7 hits away from 1,500 for his Major League career.

Hit No. Date/Opponent
1 …………………….7/23/13 at COL (single)
500 …………………8/6/16 at COL (single)
1,000 …………..6/30/19 vs. PIT (double)

THIS EVENING’S GAME: Is game 2 (0-1) of a 6-game, 7-day road trip to Pittsburgh (0-1) and New York-AL (3g)…..following this trip, the Brewers return to American Family Field for a 7-game homestand against Miami (4g) and Washington (3g).

IN THE TRAINER’S ROOM: LHP Aaron Ashby (left labrum), RHP Adrian Houser (right elbow), RHP J.C. Mejía (right shoulder), OF Garrett Mitchell (left shoulder), OF Blake Perkins (left oblique), 1B Darin Ruf (right knee), RHP Julio Teheran (right hip), LHP Justin Wilson (left lat) and OF Jesse Winker (back/right quad) are on the injured list….. Ashby, Mitchell, Ruf and Wilson are on the 60-day IL.

IN THE STANDINGS (159 days): The Brewers have spent the following number of days alone or tied at each position in the NL Central standings: FIRST: 106, SECOND: 51, THIRD: 2, FOURTH: 0, FIFTH: 0…..the team is currently in first place, leading the second-place Cubs by 2.5 games.

SERIES-LY SPEAKING: The Brewers are 24-18-2 in series play.
Game 1: 24-21, Game 2: 25-19, Game 3: 23-19, Game 4: 4-2
Sweep Wins (9): vs. NYM (3g, 4/3-4/5), at SEA (3g, 4/17-4/19), vs. KC (3g, 5/12-5/14), vs. PIT (3g, 6/16-6/18), at CIN (3g, 7/14-7/16), at CWS (3g, 8/11-8/13), at TEX (3g, 8/18-8/20), vs. MIN (2g, 8/22-8/23), vs. SD (3g, 8/25-8/27)
Sweep Losses (5): at COL (3g, 5/2-5/4), vs. OAK (3g, 6/9-6/11), at MIN (2g, 6/13-6/14), at ATL (3g, 7/28-7/30), at LAD (3g, 8/15-8/17)

AT HOME: The Brewers are 40-28 at home, going 13-7-2 in series play…..the team had a season-high 8-game winning streak snapped on Sunday…..went 46-35 at home last season, going 15-8-4 in series play.

ON THE ROAD: The Brewers are 36-33 on the road, going 11-11-0 in series play…..went 40-41 on the road last season, going 9-12-5 in series play.

LET’S GO TO THE VIDEO TAPE: The Brewers have made 28 replay challenges this season, going 12-16…..their last challenge (won) came on 8/29 at Chicago-NL as an out call at first base (Mark Canha) was overturned.

WOODRUFF AT A GLANCE: Brandon Woodruff, 30, will be making his eighth start of the season and second against the Pirates…..Woodruff last started last Wednesday at
Chicago-NL and received no decision in the Brewers’ 3-2 loss (6ip, 2h, 2r, 2er, 1bb, 8k, 2hbp, 96 pitches)…..the team is 5-2 in his starts…..he has 4 quality starts…..opponents are batting .167 (23-for-138, 7hr)…..he has gone 13-3 with a 2.46 ERA over his last 28 starts dating back to last season (164.2ip, 45er)…..Woodruff was placed on the 15-day injured list on April 11 with right shoulder inflammation, retroactive to April 8…..he was transferred to the 60-day injured list on May 15 and reinstated on August 6…..Woodruff was selected in the 11th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Mississippi State University…..he is under club control through 2024.

LAST SEASON: Woodruff went 13-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 27 starts last season…..he led the team with a career-high 13 wins…..the team went 19-8 in his starts…..he made 15 quality starts…..he held opponents to a .215 batting average with 190 strikeouts in 153.1 innings…..Woodruff missed a month while on the 15-day injured list from 5/30-6/27 with a right ankle sprain and Raynaud’s syndrome affecting his pitching fingers…..he went 8-1 with a 2.38 ERA in 18 starts after coming off the injured list (109.2ip, 29er).

CAREER: Is 44-26 with a 3.15 ERA in 126 games/111 starts (653.1ip, 229er)… in his seventh MLB season, all with the Brewers (2017-23)…..was a 2019 and 2021 All-Star.

CAREER AT AMERICAN FAMILY FIELD: Is 25-9 with a 2.91 ERA in 63 games/56 starts (334.1ip, 108er)… 2-1 with a 1.65 ERA in 3 starts this season (16.1ip, 3er).

CAREER ON THE ROAD: Is 19-17 with a 3.41 ERA in 63 games/55 starts (319ip, 121er)… 1-0 with a 3.42 ERA in 4 starts this season (23.2ip, 9er).

CAREER vs. PIRATES: Is 6-3 with a 3.70 ERA in 16 games/14 starts (80.1ip, 33er), including a 4-1 loss this season on 8/6 in Milwaukee (5ip, 4h, 2r, 2er, 0bb, 9k, 2hr)…..he has gone 2-0 with a 3.52 ERA in 7 career games/5 starts at PNC Park (30.2ip, 12er).


THE PIRATES:..opened their three-game homestand with a 4-2 comeback win last night against the Brewers…Had their five-game winning streak come to an end on Sunday; their third-longest winning streak of the season (the team won a season-high seven straight games from 4/17-23)…Have won four games this season when trailing after eight innings (won three games when trailing after eight last season)…Have the fifth-best fielding percentage (.990) in MLB since 8/18,
trailing only the Orioles (.995), Braves (.994), Rays (.992) and Diamondbacks (.991)…Have gone 23-20 in their last 43 games since losing each of their first five games following the All-Star break.

BUCS OF LATE: The Pirates have won six of their last seven games coming into today after allowing 10 runs in back-to-back games on August 26-27…During the seven-game stretch, Pittsburgh’s pitching staff has recorded a 2.29 ERA (63.0ip/16er) while recording a .163 batting average against…Offensively, Pittsburgh is averaging 4.9 runs per game while defensively the team has made three errors.

GOOD AS GOLD: Ke’Bryan Hayes leads all MLB third basemen with 20 Defensive Runs Saved this season (the next closest player is Colorado’s Ryan McMahon with 17) according to the Fielding Bible…According to Baseball Savant, Hayes ranks third in all of MLB regardless of position with 14 Outs Above Average, while his 14 Outs Above Average as a third baseman are the most at that position in all of MLB (Kansas City’s Maikel Garcia is second with 12)…The Pirates have never had a third baseman take home a Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

THE JACKSON FIVE: Andre Jackson gets the start tonight after earning the first win of his big league career in his last outing Wednesday night at Kansas City…Jackson struck out each of the first five Royals batters that he faced Wednesday night, making him the first Pirates pitcher to strike out the first five hitters of a game since Bruce Kison also did so on June 28, 1979 vs. Montreal…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that accounted for the only other instance a
Pirates pitcher has done that over the last 60 seasons.

EXTRA EXTRA: The Pirates had seven extra base hits in Monday night’s win against the Brewers…The Bucs have recorded 72 extra base hits since August 13…That’s the fifth-most in all of MLB behind the Phillies (90), Red Sox (83), Astros (82) and Mariners (82).

BE LIKE MIKE: Minor League Baseball announced today that Pittsburgh’s Michael Kennedy was named the Florida Complex League’s Pitcher-of-the-Month for August…Kennedy, who is rated by MLB Pipeline as Pittsburgh’s No. 13 prospect, had an 0.61 ERA in three games (one start) while allowing five hits in 14.2 innings last month for the FCL Pirates… The 18-year-old lefthander was selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round of the 2022 MLB Draft out of Troy High School in Troy, New York.

CALL TO THE PEN: Pittsburgh’s bullpen has recorded a 2.76 ERA (32.2ip/10er) over the last seven games…During the seven-game span that began on August 27, the bullpen has the seventh-lowest ERA in all of MLB behind the Dodgers (1.77), Rays (2.13), Giants (2.15), Yankees (2.30), Astros (2.67) and Orioles (2.70).

LEGGING IT OUT: Ke’Bryan Hayes has tripled seven times this season, which are tied for the third-most by a Pirates third baseman since 1974 along with Bobby Bonilla (1988) and Phil Garner (1978)…According to StatsPerform, the only two Pirates third basemen to have more than seven triples since 1974 are Bobby Bonilla (nine in 1989) and Joe Randa (nine in 1997).

CUTCH CLOSING IN ON 300: Andrew McCutchen is just one home run shy of 300 in his career…The 36-year-old McCutchen ranks fourth all-time in Pirates history with 215 home runs…His next blast will make him one of 13 active players with at least 300 career home runs (Bryce Harper hit his 300th home run on August 30).

STAYING IN THE PARK: The Pirates have surrendered a total of 148 home runs this season… That’s the fourth-fewest in all of MLB behind the Cardinals (138), Braves 141) and Rays (145)… Since the beginning of last season, the Pirates have allowed 312 homers, which are the fifth-fewest in all of MLB (the Giants have surrendered a Major-League low 283 since the beginning of 2022).

ANDRE JACKSON: The 27-year-old righthander will make his seventh appearance (fourth start) with the Pirates after being promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis on 8/4…He was acquired by the Pirates from the Los Angeles Dodgers on 6/25 for cash considerations.

VS. MILWAUKEE: 0-0 with one save and a 3.00 ERA (6.0ip/2er) in two career appearances…He retired all six batters he faced in his Pirates debut on 8/5 at Milwaukee…He also recorded the first save of his big league career while pitching for the Dodgers on 10/3/21, allowing two runs in 3.0 innings in a 10-3 win at Dodger Stadium.

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