Friday: Jimmy Nelson (28.2 IP, 5.34 ERA, 7.22 K/9) v. Chad Kuhl (23.0 IP, 6.26 ERA, 7.43 K/9)
Once considered the Milwaukee farm system’s top prospect (albeit in a weakened state), Nelson no longer looks like an important part of The Next Good Brewers Team. With Junior Guerra nearing a return to the mound, Nelson needs to turn his season around pronto, or he could find himself relegated to the bullpen for the first time since his rookie season.
I don’t know who Chad Kuhl is. He seems bad. Not sure if there’s ever been a good Chad.
Saturday: Matt Garza (10.2 IP, 3.38 ERA, 9.28 K/9) v. Gerrit Cole (36.0 IP, 3.50 ERA, 8.50 K/9)
Cole is a very good pitcher who also regularly throws temper tantrums whenever the meanie baseball men on the other team have fun during a game. He is a very tall baby and I hope that the Pirates brought extra diapers for this trip because playing the Brewers always puts Cole squarely inside of his feelings.
Matt Garza is going to pitch for the Brewers. Whatever.
Sunday: Zach Davies (29.2 IP, 6.07 ERA, 7.58 K/9) v. Tyler Glasnow (20.2 IP, 6.97 ERA, 9.58 K/9)
Glasnow likely has a bright future as a future leader of the Pirates rotation, but his first turn as a full-time starter in the big leagues has been … well, he’s trying his best and I think that’s nice. His troubling walk rate from the upper minors has followed him and exploded in the bigs, as he’s currently walking 15.5% of opposing batters. If I were him I would try throwing more strikes but I’m not a doctor.
After an encouraging start against Cincinnati, Davies reverted to the ineffective form he’s shown for most of the 2017 campaign against the Cardinals on Monday. He gave up two runs on seven hits, two walks and just three strikeouts over five inefficient innings. It’s possible that they switched the order of the three children who are stacked on top of each other to form Zach Davies against the Reds; if that’s the case, perhaps they should try that again.
2017: First meeting
All-Time: 172-138 (72-81 in Pittsburgh)
The Brewers have historically dominated the Pirates at home, including a preposterous 54-15 run during 69 games from 2007 to 2014. The Bucs have generally gotten the better of Milwaukee at PNC Park, however.
Are the Pirates good?
I mean, they aren’t bad, but it feels like the window of contention that they had is closed or, at least, closing. Andrew McCutchen isn’t really who you remember him as anymore, and the young pitching graduated to replace Pittsburgh’s mercenary veterans hasn’t materialized as a force yet. The lineup has been ripped in half as three key players will miss extensive time this season: David Freese is out with a hamstring injury, but both Jung-ho Kang and Starling Marte are suffering self-inflicted wounds. Kang is still in South Korea, waiting in visa limbo after being arrested for his third DUI, and Marte will miss 80 games after violating MLB’s substance abuse policy.
Who is the most handsome Pirates player?
The most handsome Pirate is Francisco Cervelli, who despite obvious hints in his name and facial features is from Venezuela, not Italy. LOOK AT THEM WITH YOUR SPECIAL EYES, FRANCISCO.
Should you put ketchup on hot dogs?
Yes, ketchup is a delicious way to spruce up this type of sandwich.
If the Pirates were a Taylor Swift GIF, which one would they be?
Milwaukee Broadcast Information:
Friday: 6:05 pm on FS Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ
Saturday: 6:05 pm on FS Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ
Sunday: 12:35 pm on FS Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ