By Jared Lankes
The Pirates had a very disappointing homestand. They went 1-5 following a 5-1 west coast trip. So, they gave back all the games they won in LA and San Francisco. They really need to get it going if they want to make the playoffs. It starts in a place where they haven’t done well in, Milwaukee. The last time they went to Milwaukee, they got swept. In fact, they have gotten swept the last three times they have visited the Brewers. That really needs to stop for the Pirates to have a chance.
Thursday: Wily Peralta (5-9 6.00 ERA) vs Chad Kuhl (3-1 3.62 ERA) 8:10 ET
Wily Peralta hasn’t had many silver linings to the season he has had. It’s been not very good. This would be a good chance for the Pirates to get off the schnide in Milwaukee. For the Pirates, Chad Kuhl gets the nod. Kuhl has had success in his short time as a major leaguer so far, and the Pirates need that to continue. This is a pitching matchup that could certainly favor the Pirates.
Friday: Matt Garza (4-5 5.27 ERA) vs Ryan Vogelsong (2-3 2.98 ERA) 8:10 ET
Another Brewers starter that has really struggled is Matt Garza. There’s no way to sugarcoat the fact that he’s been bad. The Pirates bats can’t afford to make Garza look like he did in his prime years. For the Pirates, Ryan Vogelsong gets the start. Vogelsong has been consistent so far since joining the rotation. The Pirates need more of that on Friday.
Saturday: Jimmy Nelson (7-13 4.26 ERA) vs Jameson Taillon (3-3 2.92 ERA) 7:10 ET
Jimmy Nelson seems to be not too fond of the no-decision. He is a whopping 7-13 already. While he’s not been terrible, he’s been involved in many games. The Pirates bats could light him up or he could look great. We will see which version we get. The Pirates start steady Jameson Taillon. This rookie has been a force in the Pirates rotation. Every time he starts, you just feel like the Pirates are going to win. Hopefully that is the case on Saturday.
Sunday: Chase Anderson (7-10 4.99 ERA) vs Ivan Nova (10-6 4.55 ERA) 2:10 ET
The Pirates are very used to Anderson by now. They have faced him plenty this year and have fared well. The Pirates hope that success continues. For the Pirates, Ivan Nova takes the hill. Nova is coming off one of, if not, the best start of his career on Tuesday against Houston. He has been overall good for the Pirates. Whether he can take the act to Milwaukee remains to be seen, but there’s no reason to think he won’t.
Pirates need to win 3 of 4. There’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it. These are four pretty favorable pitching matchups that the Pirates can win. Of course, there is the Miller Park factor that may poke it’s ugly head in. Pirates need to get 3 of 4 in this series to remain competitive in the wildcard race. Let’s see if they can show up in Miller Park for the first time in over a year.