The last time the Pirates won back to back games against the Brewers it was in a span of two series. The first win came on August 24th, 2-0, the second win came on September 26th, 9-8.
You have to go all the way back to July 2010 to see the last time the Pirates won two in a row in one series against the Brewers. On the 20th and 21st the Pirates beat the Brewers 11-9 and 15-3 respectively to SPLIT the series with the Brewers.
The last time the Pirates won two straight against the Brewers AND won a series was a three game sweep of the Brewers from August 17-19, 2009. Your winning pitchers in those games were Paul Maholm, Ross Ohlendorf, and Kevin Hart. The only current Pirates to even appear in any of those games are Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones.
So the Pirates have the chance to pull off something pretty freaking rare today. Consider that last year the Pirates were 4-11 against the Brewers. Maybe the demons have actually been exercised Maybe as Mellie said on Twitter the umpire change broke the curse?
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Whatever the case, the Pirates have had an uncanny ability to lose one and win three. They have set themselves up nicely to do so again.
Francisco Liriano will make his second start of the season. He made his debut against the Mets and had an alright outing. I really hope for more than 5.1 innings but for his first outing back I was impressed.
The book on Liriano is poor control. He only walked two batters in his last outing, a pretty acceptable number.
Eight baserunners in 5.1 innings is shaky though. I’m not ready to crown him just yet. I’ve written at length on here and on twitter about my apprehension when it comes to the Liriano signing so there is little reason to continue to beat that horse.
Liriano is 4-2 against the Brewers over the course of his career.
He faced them twice last season, once as a reliever, once as a starter.
Neither game resulted in a decision.
Last time the Pirates faced Hiram Burgos he pitched like a god. Okay, god might be a little much but he had easily the best outing of his season/career.
It looks like we missed him by just one day. Cincy kicked the everloving crap out of him in his next outing after taking 9 days off.
Ron Roenicke has a problem. That problem is overusing his bullpen. When Burgos got absolutely crushed for all those runs he was left in because the Brewers bullpen was short three pitchers. Roenicke also ran into a problem in the extra innings game as he used all his relievers by the 12th inning.
Burgos is young. His numbers really don’t tell us too much. It’s too early, the swing is too wild. We’ll just have to see what he does. Again.
I just can’t imagine that last outing did any great wonders for the rookie’s confidence. Hopefully the Pirates can pounce.
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