Gameday: Pirates at Brewers, July 18, 2015
Pirates at Brewers
Miller Park, Milwaukee
TV/radio: Root Sports/ 93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network
Probable pitchers: Pirates LHP Francisco Liriano (5-6, 2.98) vs. Brewers. RHP Jimmy Nelson (6-9, 4.21)
Sunday: 2:10 p.m. — Pirates LHP Jeff Locke (5-5, 4.03) vs. Brewers RHP Tyler Jungmann (4-1, 2.15)
Monday: 8:10 p.m. — Pirates RHP A.J. Burnett (7-3, 2.11) vs. Royals RHP Yordano Ventura (4-6, 4.73)
did you know?
• In 54 combined at bats against Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson, current Pirates have combined for a .204 average and no home runs. Nelson has struck out 17 Pirates against five walks, and he relies upon a 93 mph sinker.
• The Pirates have struck out on 386 third strikes that were below the strike zone, the second most in baseball, according to PITCHf/x data via BaseballSavant.com.
stats of the day
14.4 —Liriano’s whiff rate, third in baseball, trailing only Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw
29.4 —Percentage of weak contact against Liriano, fourth-best among starters
he said it …
“Our (full-count) chase rate was off the ledger for a while earlier in the season. There are times when we have to realize that a walk has to come in play.”
— Clint Hurdle on plate discipline