Major League Baseball action on Sunday afternoon and we will see a pair of teams from the National League Central square off as the Pittsburgh Pirates grapple with the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park in Wisconsin, Milwaukee. This is the final game of a three-game series. Pitching Probables: Trevor Williams (12-9, 3.28 ERA) gets the nod for the Pirates and he will be opposed by Jhoulys Chacin (14-7, 3.54 ERA).
Archer Struggles In Game One Loss
The Pirates made a trade for Chris Archer earlier and he hasn’t pitched well at all for them. In game one of this series, he allowed four ERs on six hits and two walks in 5.0 innings of work. He is now 4-8 with a 4.66 ERA on the year overall, including 1-4 with a 5.49 ERA in his eight starts for the Buccos. Pablo Reyes had their lone homer in the game and it was the first of his career. Jordan Luplow, Francisco Cervelli and Josh Harrison each had RBIs in the loss. The Pirates have now lost three of their last four games, after winning their previous five games in a row. They have no shot at the postseason and are two games under .500 for the year. They will look to regroup in the offseason. Pittsburgh has averaged 4.57 rpg and has allowed 4.85 rpg on the road.
Taking the hill for the Pirates will be Trevor Williams and he has gone 12-9 with a 3.28 ERA in 28 starts on the year, including 5-3 with a 3.58 ERA in 12 starts on the road. In his career, he has gone 9-9 with a 4.47 ERA in 30 games (24 starts) on the road and 4-3 with a 4.02 ERA in 13 games (seven starts) during Sept/ Oct, plus 7-7 with a 3.20 ERA in 25 games (20 starts) in the daytime. Williams is 1-1 with a 2.18 ERA in four games (three starts) against the Brewers in his career, including 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA in two games (one start) here at Miller Park.
Pittsburgh has been a below average offensive team so far as they come in ranked 19th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.33 rpg, while also ranking 10th in hitting at .255 and 25th in homers with 143. On the mound, they have been below average so far as they come in ranked 17th in the league in ERA at 4.08, while also ranking 17th in WHIP at 1.32 and 20th in K’s with 1197. The bullpen for the Pirates ranks 17th in the league with a 4.12 ERA.
Brewers Remain A Hot Club
The Milwaukee Brewers have been very hot of late as they will enter their game on Saturday having won 12 of their last 15 games. They are very much alive for the National League Central title as they currently sit just 1.5 games behind the Cubs. They also lead the Wildcard standing by four games over both the Cards and the Dodgers. This is a team that is in good shape at the moment and they had a nice 7-4 win in game one of this series. Leading their attack was Orlando Arcia, who had three hits and drove in two runs. Christian Yelich (29), Travis Shaw (29), and Mike Moustakas (6) all went deep for the Brewers. Gio Gonzalez got a no-decision after allowing three ERs and four walks in 4.2 innings of work. Picking up the win was Corbin Burnes, who is now 5-0 with a 4.44 ERA on the year. Milwaukee has averaged 4.68 rpg and has allowed 4.15 rpg here at home for the year.
The Brewers will be sending out Jhoulys Chacin in this one and he has gone 14-7 with a 3.54 ERA in 31 starts on the year, including 5-04 with a 3.80 ERA in 12 starts here at home. In his career, he has gone 5-5 with a 4.09 ERA in 15 starts here at Miller Park and 10-12 with a 3.36 ERA in 43 games (35 starts) during Sept/ Oct, plus 24-24 with a 3.98 ERA in 74 games (64 starts) in the daytime. Chacin has gone 2-5 with a 4.08 ERA in 10 starts against the Pirates in his career.
The Brewers have been an above average offensive team so far as they are ranked 14th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.51 rpg, while also ranking 12th in hitting at .251 and 6th in homers with 192. On the mound, they have been above average so far as they enter this game ranked 13th in the league in ERA at 3.85, while also ranking 11th in WHIP at 1.26 and 9th in K’s with 1297. The pen for the Brewers has been decent so far as it is ranked 11th in the league with a 3.71 ERA.
- 45-22 in their last 67 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
- 39-19 in their last 58 home games vs. a team with a losing record
- The Under is 5-2 in their last 7 overall
- The Under is 5-2 in their last 7 on grass
- 18-40 in their last 58 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
- 13-29 in their last 42 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- The Under is 14-2 in their last 16 during game 3 of a series
- The Under is 15-6 in their last 21 vs. a team with a winning recor