Good news for the Pittsburgh Pirates: they are one day closer to the end of the regular season. After struggling to compete in another game, the Pirates losing streak has extended to eight games. While there are distractions in the clubhouse following the arrest of their All-Star closer, Felipe Vasquez, the Pirates got their losing streak going before their best arm in the bullpen was accused of being a pedophile.
The fight between Vasquez and Kyle Crick makes you wonder if the team knew something before the arrest, though. The Pirates still have one more week to play through. Regardless of the accusations levied on Vasquez, the fight itself did nothing for the clubhouse to begin with.
Since September 7th, the Pirates have gone 3-10. All of their three wins were against the same team, the San Francisco Giants who are not a postseason club. Their last notable win was back on September 6th against the St. Louis Cardinals. So, it’s been a while since the Pirates have wanted to play baseball. If they had it their way, I think they’d be fine with forfeiting the rest of their schedule to tank and get the higher draft pick.
Credit Zach Davies last night, who went 4 innings with no earned runs allowed. The Brewers don’t want to exhaust their starters and pulling him when they did was appropriate. With another loss by the Cubs yesterday, the Brewers shockingly have a 3-game lead in the National League wildcard race.
Did anyone see that coming after Christian Yelich broke his kneecap? Other than hopeful Brewers’ fans and members of the Brewers, there aren’t many out there that believed in Milwaukee. Brandon Woodruff is expected to get the start for the Brew Crew on Sunday afternoon. The Pirates are scheduled to counter with Trevor Williams. Head below for our free Pirates vs. Brewers pick.
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Trevor Williams is next in line for the Pirates on the bump. He will get the starting nod after James Marvel got hammered on Saturday night. Finding solid production out of their pitching staff has been difficult and especially down the stretch they’ve been getting torched.
Young prospects like James Marvel are getting some work in, while the Pirates try and get some guys experience. Marvel had no answer for the Brewers’ hot hitters last night. He was removed from the game after allowing 6 hits and 5 earned runs in only 3.1 innings. The bullpen didn’t provide much resistance as well, with the Brewers routing for the Pirates by a score of 10-1.
Williams hopes for better results against the Pirates on Sunday. He enters with a pedestrian ERA of 5.59 and 1.45 WHIP in 133.2 innings. In his previous three outings, Williams has gotten KO’d for an 8.36 ERA and 2.00 WHIP. Like the rest of the team, he’s seemed to throw in the towel on 2019 and had enough. He’s coming off a horrendous effort against the Cubs, as he lasted just 2.1 innings with 7 earned runs allowed.
Brandon Woodruff is having himself a nice season in his first season as a full-time member of the rotation. He goes into Sunday with an ERA of 3.69 and 1.16 WHIP. His effort at Miller Park has been strong in particular, as he’s posted a 3.15 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. Note that Woodruff is heading into this one with a perfect record of 9-0. In his previous 16.1 innings at home, he’s allowed just 2 earned runs and 11 hits. Against a Pirates team who have their mind on everything but baseball, Woodruff should be in for a solid afternoon. Expect another winning day for the Brewers on Sunday, as they cause Cubs’ fans to sweat a little harder.