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MLB Preview: Milwaukee Brewers (77-61) at Pittsburgh Pirates (64-75)


SUMMARY: Are 241-186 all-time, including 8-4 this season…..went 11-8 last season…..have gone 53-26 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 103-111 all-time, going 91-106 at PNC Park and 12-5 at Three Rivers Stadium…..are 3-2 this season…..went 5-5 last season

Today’s Transactions
RHP Thyago Vieira has been selected from Triple-A Nashville…..the team optioned LHP Clayton Andrews there.

The Hunt for October
The Brewers are looking to qualify for the postseason for the fifth time in the last six seasons…..the team made the postseason in a franchise-record four consecutive years from 2018-21 and missed the postseason by just a single game in both 2017 and 2022.

The Brewers last night notched their 2,000th victory as a member of the National League…..since joining the NL in 1998, the team is 2,000-2085.

Seasons/Record NL Rank
1998-2004 (480-652) ………………… last
2005-23 (1,520-1,433)* ………………..4th

  • Mark Attanasio ownership

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

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)

That’ll Leave a Mark
Mark Canha has reached base safely in 17 consecutive games, batting .356 (21-for-59) with 3 HR and 13 RBI and a .449 OBP/.576 SLG/1.026 OPS.

They’re Out of Our League
The Brewers have won 9 consecutive games against Interleague opponents and are 26-17 in Interleague Play this season, the fifth-best record in the Major Leagues…..the team begins a 3-game series against the Yankees in New York on Friday.

The Bronx Is Burning
The Brewers will be visiting the new Yankee Stadium (2009) for just the third time ever…..the team played there from 6/28-6/30, 2011 (0-3) and 7/7-7/9, 2017 (2-1).

THIS AFTERNOON’S GAME: Is game 3 (1-1) of a 6-game, 7-day road trip to Pittsburgh (1-1) 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 (160 days): The Brewers have spent the following number of days alone or tied at each position in the NL Central standings: FIRST: 107, 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: 26-19, 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 37-33 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 29 replay challenges this season, going 13-16…..their last challenge (won) came on 9/5 at Pittsburgh as a safe call at second base involving Ji Hwan Bae was overturned (caught stealing).

TODAY’S STARTER: #51 – RHP FREDDY PERALTA (26gs, 11-8, 3.85)
PERALTA AT A GLANCE: Freddy Peralta, 27, will be making his 27th start of the season and third against the Pirates…..Peralta last started last Friday vs. Philadelphia and received no decision in the Brewers’ 7-5 win (6ip, 2h, 1r, 1er, 0bb, 10k, 1hr, 94 pitches)…..he left the game with a 3-1 lead…..he notched his 12th career 10+ strikeout game and sixth this season…..he is 5-0 with a 1.71 ERA in his last 7 starts (42ip, 8er)…..the team is 16-10 in his starts with wins in 7 straight games…..he has produced 14 quality starts….. opponents are batting .209 (112-for-536, 21hr)…..he was named NL Pitcher of the Month for August (5gs, 5-0, 2.10era)…..Peralta was acquired from Seattle, along with RHP Carlos Herrera and RHP Daniel Missaki, in exchange for 1B Adam Lind on 12/9/15…..on 2/28/20, he signed a 5-year contract through the 2024 season with club options for 2025 and 2026.

LAST SEASON: Peralta went 4-4 with a 3.58 ERA in 18 games/17 starts…..he held opponents to a .190 batting average with 86 strikeouts in 78.0 innings…..the team went 8-9 in his starts…..he produced 4 quality starts…..he was on the injured list twice last season: 5/23-8/2 (right posterior shoulder strain) and 9/9-9/24 (right shoulder inflammation).

CAREER: Is 41-25 with a 3.83 ERA in 142 games/93 starts (560ip, 238er)… in his sixth Major League season, all with the Brewers (2018-23)… 33-23 with a 3.82 ERA as a starter (476ip, 202er) and 8-2 with a 3.86 ERA in relief (84ip, 36er)…..was an All-Star in 2021.

CAREER AT AMERICAN FAMILY FIELD: Is 24-14 with a 3.41 ERA in 77 games/49 starts (306.1ip, 116er)… 6-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 15 starts this season (82.2ip, 33er).

CAREER ON THE ROAD: Is 17-11 with a 4.33 ERA in 65 games/44 starts (253.2ip, 122er)… 5-4 with a 4.19 ERA in 11 starts this season (62.1ip, 29er).

CAREER vs. PIRATES: Is 2-1 with a 3.03 ERA in 19 games/10 starts (68.1ip, 23er), including 0-0 with a 3.97 ERA in 2 starts this season (11.1ip, 5er)… 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA in 11 career games/6 starts at PNC Park (41.2ip, 13er).


THE PIRATES:..lost 7-3 Tuesday night in the middle game of their three-game series 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 gone 23-21 in their last 44 games since losing each of their first five games following the All-Star break.

ROSTER MOVE: The Pittsburgh Pirates today placed designated hitter/outfielder Andrew McCutchen on the 10-day injured list (retro to September 5) with a partially torn left Achilles tendon…Infielder Jared Triolo has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis… This is Triolo’s second stint with the Pirates this season…He made his big league debut on June 28 after being promoted from Indianapolis before being optioned back to Triple-A on August 18…Triolo hit .286 with 15 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 25 RBI, .412 OBP, .432 slugging percentage and .844 OPS in 53 games this season with Indianapolis.

GEORGIA ON OUR MINDS: Tomorrow afternoon the Pirates will depart for Atlanta to begin a three-game series against the Braves Friday night…Since the Pirates split a four-game series against the Braves from August 7-10, Atlanta has won each of its last seven series.

57 BUCS: Last night Hunter Stratton became the 57th player to appear in a game this season for the Pirates…That’s tied with the Dodgers for the fifth-most players used this season in MLB…The only four teams to use more players this season are the Reds (64), Angels (62), Mets (58) and Athletics (58). WELCOME TO THE SHOW: Hunter Stratton became the 13th player this season to make his big league debut after working the final 2.0 innings of Tuesday night’s game…Stratton was selected by the Pirates in the 16th round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of Walters State (TN) Community College…He is now the fifth player from Walters State Community College to play in MLB, joining Brent Honeywell, Chad Bell, Brett Martin and Ricky Karcher.

THE OPENING ACT: Colin Selby will open for the third time this season in the finale of this three-game series…The 25-year-old righthander opened twice in four games for the Pirates from August 26-29, retiring each of his six batters faced in order on both occasions.

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 21 Defensive Runs Saved this season (the next closest player is Colorado’s Ryan McMahon with 16) according to the Fielding Bible…Hayes’ 21 Defensive Runs Saved are also the third-most in all of MLB according to The Fielding Bible regardless of position…The only two players in MLB with more Defensive Runs Saved are Daulton Varsho (25) and Fernando Tatis Jr. (23)…The Pirates have never had a third baseman take home a Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

CALL TO THE PEN: Pittsburgh’s bullpen has recorded a 2.41 ERA (37.1ip/10er) in the last eight games…During the eight-game span that began on August 27, the bullpen has the fourth-lowest ERA in all of MLB behind the Rays (1.72), Yankees (2.10) and Dodgers (2.33).

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 (142), Braves (145) and Rays (146)…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 285 since the beginning of 2022).

COLIN SELBY: The 25-year-old righthander will make his 12th appearance (third start) this afternoon…Was promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis on 8/8…Pitched exclusively in relief at Triple-A this season making 28 appearances.

VS. MILWAUKEE: Has never faced the Brewers.

Mikey Balhan Sports

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