Pirates’ Home Opener Vs. Brewers: Series Preview

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After winning their first game last night in St. Louis, the Pirates are looking to head into the win column again. The Bucs host the Milwaukee Brewers in their home-opener starting today. 

Both the Pirates and Brewers have the same record of 1-2. The Brewers had a tough three-game set against the Chicago Cubs over the weekend, so both teams are seeking a successful second series. 

Pitching

Pittsburgh will be going with Steven Brault to make his first appearance. The 28-year-old had a tough 2019 season, going 4-6 with a 5.16 ERA.

The Bucs’ starting pitching against the Cardinals had their moments. Joe Musgrove opened the season with a solid outing, however the bullpen couldn’t keep it close. Musgrove struck out seven in the first game.

The Brewers have Adrian Houser starting tomorrow’s game. Houser had a much better 2019, going 6-7 with a 3.72 ERA. Milwaukee’s bullpen better than Pittsburgh’s. With closer Josh Hader, the Brewers are going to be tough for the Bucs in the later innings. 

The starting pitching is even for the most part. The Brewers definitely have the edge, as they have the better bullpen. The Bucs are going to have to work the count early and find an early lead. 

Hitting

The Pirates lead the Brewers in almost every offensive category, granted, it’s only the fourth game of the year. Both teams are tied in home runs with, two, WHIP 1.28, and slugging percentage of .289. 

Colin Moran had a great opening series and was a huge part in the Bucs win last night. Moran is also leading the team in batting average, .364. On the other side, the Brewers’ Orlando Arcia leads his club with a .400 average. 

All-Star right fielder, Christian Yelich was quiet in the first series, although he was able to notch 2 RBI. Yelich will be the x-factor for the Brewers; his slow stat could quickly end at any moment. The Pirates must silence his bat if they want to keep it close. 

Who Wins?

The hitting, like the pitching, is pretty level. But, the Brewers again have more firepower in their lineup. With Lorenzo Cain and Justin Smoak, the Bucs are in for another hard series. 

Pittsburgh does have a lot of talent at the plate, however, their biggest problem is discipline. Another thing the Pirates need to work on is situational hitting. Yesterday’s victory was the first time they were able to hit with runners on base. 

The edge goes to the Brewers simply because their bats and pitching are better. The Pirates will struggle, but probably not as bad as they did against St. Louis. However, the Pirates won’t get swept. The downside is, they won’t win the series. 

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