Pirates @ Brewers

The Brewers took two of three from the red-hot Astros and after a day off, one of three in the next eight days, it’s the Pittsburgh Pirates next on the bill.

The Pirates traded away Jason Bay (BOS) and Xavier Nady (NYY), two of their big boppers, but still have a roster full of up and comers playing for jobs next year. The Bucs also traded 3B Jose Bautista to the Blue Jays to make room for Andy LaRoche, who was acquired from the Dodgers in the three team deal that sent Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers.

RHP Matt Capps is expected to return from the Disabled List (shoulder) Saturday.

The Pirates will have a major say in the Central division. The Brewers play the Bucs nine more times, and Pittsburgh has three games remaining against the Cubs and the Cardinals.

The Brewers have won nine straight home games versus the Pirates.

Dave Bush is 5-2 with a 2.75 ERA over his last 10 starts and is 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA in three starts this month. Opponents are hitting only .178 against Bush in August.

Zach Duke has been struggling recently. Duke is 0-6 with a 8.52 ERA in his last eight starts.

Adam LaRoche is hitting .333 (17-for-51) with five home runs and eight RBI in his last 14 games.

Milwaukee has recorded 36 come from behind victories this season, tied with the Cubs for the most among NL teams.

J.J. Hardy is hitting .406 (28-for-69) with five home runs and 17 RBI in his last 17 games against the Pirates.

The Brewers open the Pirates series 5.5 games behind the Cubs in the NL Central and 2.5 games ahead of the Cardinals for the Wild Card.

Here’s the schedule breakdown for the Brew Crew the rest of the way:
34 games
19 home / 15 road
19 vs -.500 teams (vs PIT, @ PIT, vs SD, vs CIN, @ CIN, vs PIT)
15 vs playoff contenders (@ STL, vs NYM, @ PHI, @ CUBS, vs CUBS)
6 vs Cubs
2 vs Cardinals

The Cubs have 35 games left (16 home, 19 road) including 20 versus playoff contenders (Brewers-6, Cardinals-6, Phillies-4, Mets-4)

The Cardinals have 33 games left (18 home, 15 road), 18 versus playoff contenders (Brewers-2, Arizona-7, Cubs-6, Florida-3).

Pitching Matchups:
Friday: Dave Bush (7-9, 4.26) vs. LHP Zach Duke (4-11, 5.26) on FSN Wisconsin
Saturday: Jeff Suppan (8-7, 4.62) vs. RHP Jeff Karstens (2-2, 2.25) on WMLW
Sunday: CC Sabathia (8-0, 1.60) vs. LHP Paul Maholm (8-7, 3.64) on FSN Wisconsin

Have a great weekend.
-BA

5 Comments

MR. ANDERSON, YOU DID THE WISCONSIN FOOTBALL PROMO AND THEN FORGOT IT. WISCONSIN PLAYS IT’S FIRST GAME AUG. 30TH AKRON IN MADISON. WITH ALL THE KNOWLEDGE YOU HAVE IN THE BOOTH AND TRUCK I CAN NOT BELIEVE YOU DIDN’T KNOW.

Hey Brian,

(Transplanted Brewers fan here in Missouri’s “Cardinal country” and thanx to MLB.com for the view of the games) …Anyway, Always a great job that you and Bill do. Keep it up.

To make the playoffs, whether it be through the wild card or winning the division way, I believe the key to our (continued) success is playing .500 on the road with a few series wins here and there and winning at home. That’s what this season has showed and taking this one day at a time helps.

Since the All-Star game our road record has greatly improved from past seasons… 15-6 as you may know. And yes, our (Starting Pitching) have really gone the distance for us this year. It would be nice to see us aquire CC this off-season but… it may not possible. But that’s not important right now. Our focus is now and what were doing now. GO BREWERS!!!

Don “Doc” Z.

Hey Mr. Brian Anderson, didn’t know til recently that you started broadcasting for the Brewers. Hope you’re doing well and love to hear from you. Email is firedoge36@yahoo.com.

Your old pal down in San Antonio, Josh Amons

With regard to CC’s no hitter that wasn’t, would it be possible for FSN to dig into the archives and show the play, apparently from Monday June 28, 1999, that resulted in these paragraphs appearing in the Philadelphia Inquirer on June 30, 1999:

Fuming Francona. Francona was unhappy with the official scoring at Three Rivers Stadium on Monday night. Specifically, he felt Doug Glanville should have been given a base hit when he led off the game by stroking a pitch right back at pitcher Kris Benson. The ball hit Benson’s foot and was ruled an error by scorer Bob Webb.

“I think it stinks,” Francona said of the call. “That’s an error when this pig jumps out of my ear. That just isn’t fair.”

Francona attempted to speak with Webb but was unsuccessful

Not sure if the link will work:

http://otto.cafelibraries…amp;RQT=309&VName=PQD

I think it’d be interesting to compare that error call by Mr. Webb to the “hit” that he called on Sunday.

This may be a better link to the article that I cited above:

http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=1346802951&Fmt=3&clientId=47628&RQT=309&VName=PQD

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