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MLB : ATS Matchup
Friday 9/14/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
PITTSBURGH  ARCHER )
 
MILWAUKEE  GONZALEZ )
+1.5  -170

-1.5  +150
+130

-140

8.5un
 
4
Final
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PITTSBURGH (72 - 73) at MILWAUKEE (84 - 63)
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Friday, 9/14/2018 8:10 PM
CHRIS ARCHER (R) vs. GIO GONZALEZ (L)
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
907PITTSBURGH+125Ov 8.5,-120+130Ov 8.5,+100
908MILWAUKEE-135Un 8.5,+100-140Un 8.5,-120
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games72-73-164-714.30.2530.3120.4010.7134.40.2510.3130.3960.709
Road Games32-39-234-324.60.2520.3050.4080.7144.80.2540.3140.4030.717
vs Left-handed Starters18-23-5.824-164.30.2520.3150.4000.7155.10.2720.3410.4310.772
Past 7 Games5-2+33-35.10.2950.3290.4620.7914.40.2410.3040.3580.662
Grass Games72-73-164-714.30.2530.3120.4010.7134.40.2510.3130.3960.709
Night Games44-48-3.445-394.50.2610.3230.4020.7254.80.2620.3230.4130.736
Division36-27+11.326-344.60.2640.3220.4220.7443.70.2450.3060.3740.679
PITTSBURGH - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games4.30.2530.31214549051243238341390.4016044201111599611349611457
Road Games4.60.2520.30571248462611616800.4083131915782445369485123
Lefty Starters4.30.2520.315411391351766390.4001691283201227245363816
PITTSBURGH - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games4.091.396486.32432214634621652320-21351767.3%
Road Games4.851.401222.713212021921932567-14151060%

MILWAUKEE - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games84-63+17.370-734.50.2510.3160.4100.7264.20.2360.3070.3850.692
Home Games45-27+12.834-354.70.2450.3180.4160.7344.20.2340.3030.3840.687
vs Right-handed Starters63-44+17.647-564.40.2540.3160.4150.7314.00.2290.3040.3770.681
Past 7 Games5-2+3.62-53.70.2110.3010.3390.6402.90.2120.2650.3200.585
Grass Games84-63+17.370-734.50.2510.3160.4100.7264.20.2360.3070.3850.692
Night Games59-32+2747-434.80.2590.3230.4250.7484.10.2380.3100.3810.691
Division31-33-3.428-343.60.2380.3020.3710.6734.30.2390.3090.3830.691
MILWAUKEE - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games4.50.2510.31614750021255213201810.4106284791325109100213410112657
Home Games4.70.2450.3187223595799710950.4163162516585147462576723
Righty Starters4.40.2540.3161073663931152131370.4154563299897573796678141
MILWAUKEE - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games3.721.287539.42422234726222261234-21422067.7%
Home Games3.281.234269110982232910930121-8221166.7%
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
PITTSBURGH - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
8/31/2018TAILLON(R)@ ATLANTASANCHEZ(R)3-2W1158 ovU750762
9/1/2018ARCHER(R)@ ATLANTAGAUSMAN(R)3-5L1058 ovP531641
9/2/2018KINGHAM(R)@ ATLANTATEHERAN(R)1-5L1558.5 ovU552961
9/3/2018WILLIAMS(R)CINCINNATIHARVEY(R)5-1W-1358.5 ovU941761
9/4/2018MUSGROVE(R)CINCINNATIREED(L)7-3W-1358 evO1251650
9/5/2018TAILLON(R)CINCINNATIBAILEY(R)3-2W-1958.5 ovU65011110
9/7/2018ARCHER(R)MIAMISTRAILY(R)5-3W-2008 unP950760
9/8/2018NOVA(R)MIAMICHEN(L)5-1W-1607.5 unU961582
9/10/2018WILLIAMS(R)@ ST LOUISWAINWRIGHT(R)7-8L1158 ovO1360931
9/11/2018MUSGROVE(R)@ ST LOUISMIKOLAS(R)5-11L1307.5 unO10611170
9/12/2018TAILLON(R)@ ST LOUISPONCEDELEON(R)4-3W1057.5 unU1070770
9/14/2018ARCHER(R)@ MILWAUKEEGONZALEZ(L) 
9/15/2018NOVA(R)@ MILWAUKEEDAVIES(R) 
9/16/2018WILLIAMS(R)@ MILWAUKEECHACIN(R) 
9/17/2018MUSGROVE(R)KANSAS CITYKELLER(R) 
9/18/2018TAILLON(R)KANSAS CITYSKOGLUND(L) 
9/19/2018ARCHER(R)KANSAS CITYFILLMYER(R) 
9/21/2018 MILWAUKEE  

MILWAUKEE - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
8/31/2018CHACIN(R)@ WASHINGTONROARK(R)4-1W1109 unU6219120
9/1/2018ANDERSON(R)@ WASHINGTONSTRASBURG(R)4-5L1158.5 ovO1091841
9/2/2018GUERRA(R)@ WASHINGTONRODRIGUEZ(R)9-4W-1109.5 unO10110970
9/3/2018DAVIES(R)CHICAGO CUBSHAMELS(L)4-3W+1108.5 ovU781650
9/4/2018MILEY(L)CHICAGO CUBSMONTGOMERY(L)11-1W-1059 ovO10111563
9/5/2018CHACIN(R)CHICAGO CUBSQUINTANA(L)4-6L-1159 unO8731330
9/7/2018ANDERSON(R)SAN FRANCISCOHOLLAND(L)4-2W-1808.5 unU381541
9/8/2018GONZALEZ(L)SAN FRANCISCOSTRATTON(R)4-3W-1908.5 unU541660
9/9/2018DAVIES(R)SAN FRANCISCOBUMGARNER(L)6-3W-1458 unO531960
9/10/2018MILEY(L)@ CHICAGO CUBSLESTER(L)3-2W1258 ovU1191560
9/11/2018CHACIN(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSQUINTANA(L)0-3L1108.5 ovU352330
9/12/2018ANDERSON(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSHENDRICKS(R)5-1W1458.5 unU11111672
9/14/2018GONZALEZ(L)PITTSBURGHARCHER(R) 
9/15/2018DAVIES(R)PITTSBURGHNOVA(R) 
9/16/2018CHACIN(R)PITTSBURGHWILLIAMS(R) 
9/17/2018MILEY(L)CINCINNATIDESCLAFANI(R) 
9/18/2018ANDERSON(R)CINCINNATIMAHLE(R) 
9/19/2018GONZALEZ(L)CINCINNATIHARVEY(R) 
9/21/2018 @ PITTSBURGH  
KEY GAME INFORMATION
PITTSBURGH: 2017 75-87, fourth place
MANAGER Clint Hurdle (seventh season)
ADDITIONS: OF Corey Dickerson, LHP Kyle Crick, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Michael Feliz, 3B Colin Moran
SUBTRACTIONS: CF Andrew McCutchen, RHP Gerrit Cole, RHP Daniel Hudson, C Chris Stewart, 1B John Jaso, RHP Joaquin Benoit
OUTLOOK: General Manager Neal Huntington insists the Pirates are not rebuilding, but it certainly looks that way after they flipped franchise cornerstones McCutchen and Cole for less expensive and less proven talent. The Pirates did nothing in free agency, though they were able to grab Dickerson -- an All-Star for Tampa Bay last season -- in February. Dickerson's arrival gives Pittsburgh some stability in the outfield, but the Pirates still have some serious power issues outside of Bell, who finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting. Pittsburgh finished 29th in the majors in home runs in 2017, and while McCutchen and Dickerson's numbers are comparable, the rest of the lineup isn't exactly imposing. If Marte can put his suspension-marred 2017 behind him, if Polanco and his hamstrings can stay healthy, if Moran proves he can do more than spell Freese at third, and if Taillon, Kuhl and Williams all improve, Pittsburgh could be competitive. That's a lot of "ifs," probably a few too many.
MILWAUKEE: 2017: 86-76, second place.
MANAGER: Craig Counsell (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: OF Lorenzo Cain, OF Christian Yelich, RHP Jhoulys Chacin, RHP Yovani Gallardo, LHP Boone Logan, RHP Matt Albers.
SUBTRACTIONS:2B Neil Walker, OF Lewis Brinson, RHP Matt Garza, RHP Wily Peralta, RHP Carlos Torres, RHP Jared Hughes, RHP Anthony Swarzak.
OUTLOOK: Expectations are up after the Brewers finished one game out of the playoffs in what was supposed to be the second full season of a rebuild. Instead of signing a high-priced starter, General Manager David Stearns added Cain and Yelich as the team's key offseason acquisitions. The new outfielders are former Gold Glove winners who can help out the pitching staff by cutting down on extra-base hits at Miller Park. The rotation should be bolstered later in the season by the return of right-hander Jimmy Nelson, who is recovering from right shoulder surgery in September after getting hurt while diving back to first while running the bases. Whether the Brewers repeat their 2017 success and challenge the Cubs in the NL Central could come down to starting pitching. A trade drawing from the team's outfield depth might help during the season.
PREVIEW
Brewers in thick of playoff race as they host Pirates
 

MILWAUKEE -- Gio Gonzalez made a strong first impression on his new teammates.

Acquired by Milwaukee on Aug. 31 from Washington, where he'd gone 7-11 with a 4.57 ERA, Gonzalez returned to the mound after a 10-day rest and allowed a run while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings as the Brewers wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Giants.

Now, as the Brewers find themselves on the heels of the Cubs in the National League Central Division race and three games up on the Cardinals for the top NL wild-card spot, Gonzalez will get a chance to build off that outing when Milwaukee opens a three-game series with the Pirates on Friday night at Miller Park.

"It was great to contribute to the guys," Gonzalez said. "They've been doing fantastic. The pitching staff here has been unbelievable. The bullpen has been amazing. So, for me, it's nice to finally participate in something.

"That was a step in the right direction. Just take this and move forward with it. It's a positive note. I want to help the team out in any way possible. I'm just happy I finally did something for the Brewers, and just happy to be a part of what they've been doing."

Gonzalez's performance has helped stabilize a pitching staff that was among the league's worst during August.

Milwaukee's pitchers posted a combined 5.33 ERA for the month but have lowered that mark to 2.69 since the start of September, the best among NL teams.

The starting rotation lowered its collective ERA from 4.87 last month to 2.87 in September, putting Milwaukee third in the NL while the Brewers' relief corps went from a league-worst 5.99 ERA mark to first with an ERA of 2.47.

As a result, the Brewers find themselves right back in the thick of the NL Central division race. They trailed the Cubs by five games on Labor Day but won seven of nine since, including four of six against Chicago to get back into the race.

"We're playing good baseball; getting contributions from a lot of guys," said Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell, whose team has won seven straight series. "But, most importantly, we're pitching well. And we've pitched well for a nice stretch here."

The Pirates have pitched well, too. They're third in the NL with a 3.51 ERA since the All-Star break while their rotation leads the National League with a 2.75 mark for the month of September

"This hasn't caught us off guard," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "They've been building together, growing together. It started in spring training."

Jameson Taillon and Trevor Williams have led Pittsburgh's starting group but Chris Archer, acquired from Tampa at the trade deadline, has started to settle in after an unimpressive first few turns with his new team. He takes the ball Friday.

The right-hander went 1-2 with a 6.45 in his fist five starts for Pittsburgh. That stretched ended with a frustrating performance at Milwaukee on Aug. 26, when he gave up six runs on seven hits while striking out five in four innings.

Since then, he's allowed a total of four runs in his last two starts, going six innings in each outing, with 11 strikeouts and four walks.

He credits the recent turnaround to putting more trust in catcher Francisco Cervelli.

"We both have done things a certain way and we've both been very successful," Archer told the Pittsburgh Press-Gazette. "So for me, it was like, blending what I know and what he sees in the moment and just trusting that. Obviously I looked at the back of his baseball card, and he's done some special things, worked with some special pitchers. But actually watching how he goes about his business, how educated he is on the opposition, the in-game adjustments that I see him making, then it makes the trust way easier."

Pittsburgh snapped a two-game slide Wednesday at St. Louis but has won six of its last eight contests and has been a thorn in Milwaukee's side this season, taking nine of 13 meetings, including a five-game sweep heading into the All-Star break.

The Brewers took two of three from the Pirates when the teams met late last month at Miller Park.


Last Updated: 10/21/2018 11:36:06 PM EST


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