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The Pittsburgh Pirates have the started the season with a 6-3 record, having won their first three series of the season for the first time since 1992.  On the surface, things look good.  But it hasn’t exactly been smooth-sailing for the Bucs thus far.  Six of the games they’ve played have been against the lowly Chicago Cubs, who promise to finish at the bottom of the N.L. Central.  Three of the four games the Pirates have won over the Cubbies were one run affairs, two in walk-off fashion. 

In their first road series of the season, the Pirates were able to take two of three from the Cubs, thanks to a three-run homerun by Pedro Alvarez yesterday.  The three-game set at Wrigley Field didn’t yield the best pitching results either.  Although Gerrit Cole did pitch a solid game yesterday, both Charlie Morton and Wandy Rodriguez struggled in their starts in the windy city.

The Pirates continue their road trip this weekend to a place that has become a dreadful experience for Pittsburgh teams in the past – Miller Park.  They kick off a three-game series tonight against the 7-2 (and first place) Milwaukee Brewers, led by a six-game winning streak and a spear-headed Ryan Braun, who is motivated to prove his past successes were due to talent, not supplements.  After back to back series sweeps, the Brew Crew return to Milwaukee for a home stand beginning with the Bucs.

Pitching Matchups:

4/11 – Francisco Liriano (PIT) (0-1, 3.00 ERA, WHIP 1.33) vs. Wily Peralta (MIL) (0-0, 3.60 ERA, WHIP 1.40)

4/12 – Edinson Volquez (PIT) (0-0, 1.17 ERA, WHIP 0.65) vs. Yovani Gallardo (MIL) (2-0, 0.00 ERA, WHIP 1.03)

4/13 – Charlie Morton (PIT) (0-0, 3.75 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) vs. Kyle Lohse (MIL) (1-1, 4.50 ERA, WHIP 1.58)

This is a huge early season matchup between the top two teams in the N.L. Central.  Of course, there’s always been a little bad blood between these two clubs, making it even more of an interesting weekend series.  Be sure to check back all weekend long for the latest recaps and reactions from us, the Fans From The Stands!

 

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!