Pirates look to break 8-game losing streak against Brewers
Milwaukee; Sunday, 2 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Trevor Williams (7-7, 5.59 ERA) Brewers: Brandon Woodruff (11-3, 3.69 ERA)
LINE: Brewers -282; over/under is 9 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh enters the matchup as losers of their last eight games.
The Brewers are 41-31 against NL Central opponents. Milwaukee has hit 239 home runs this season, eighth in the National League. Christian Yelich leads them with 44, averaging one every 11.1 at-bats.
The Pirates are 25-44 against the rest of their division. The Pittsburgh offense has compiled a .266 batting average as a team this season, good for sixth in the league. Bryan Reynolds leads the team with an average of .320. The Brewers won the last meeting 10-1. Brent Suter secured his third victory and Trent Grisham went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for Milwaukee. James Marvel took his third loss for Pittsburgh.
TOP PERFORMERS: Yelich leads the Brewers with 161 hits and has 97 RBIs. Lorenzo Cain is 9-for-34 with a double, two home runs and five RBIs over the last 10 games for Milwaukee.
LAST 10 GAMES: Brewers: 8-2, .219 batting average, 2.53 ERA, outscored opponents by 22 runs
Pirates: 2-8, .252 batting average, 8.38 ERA, outscored by 55 runs
Pirates Injuries: Jameson Taillon: (elbow), Edgar Santana: (elbow), Chad Kuhl: (elbow), Kyle Crick: (finger), Nick Burdi: (biceps), Chris Archer: (shoulder), Gregory Polanco: (shoulder), Jason Martin: (shoulder), Starling Marte: (wrist), Lonnie Chisenhall: (finger), Josh Bell: (hamstring), Elias Diaz: (knee).