Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 9/18/12

Brewers (74-72) at Pirates (74-72)

7:05 PM EST–PNC Park, Pittsburgh

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The Bucs and Brewers – who are now deadlocked in the standings after the Pirates’ giant skid and the Brewers’ furious comeback – kick off a crucial series tonight at PNC. Both teams sit 2.5 games out of the Wild Card with sixteen games to play, and it’s hard to imagine the loser of this series having much of a chance. If it’s a sweep, the winner would possibly be in a much better position while also essentially ending the other’s season. Take into account the fact that the Cardinals have a very soft schedule the rest of the way, and this is a HUGE series.

 Tonight’s starters…

Yovani Gallardo (15-8, 3.72) vs. A.J. Burnett (15-7, 3.66)

Ace against ace. Gallardo has been a stud and has led the way for the Crew ever since they sent away Zack Greinke (they’e been BETTER since he left). The Pirates actually hit him quite well when they faced him at Miller Park a few weeks ago, but the Brewers ended up winning the game anyway.

Burnett hasn’t won a game in over a month, but two of his last three starts have been pretty good and the third wasn’t even really too bad. Even though he hasn’t been as dominant lately, the Pirates still have to feel good sending him to the hill in such a huge game.

Pirates vs. Gallardo:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Garrett Jones 23 15 5 0 0 0 0 8 3 .333 .565 .333 .899 Andrew McCutchen 22 21 7 2 0 1 3 1 2 .333 .364 .571 .935 Gaby Sanchez 16 16 6 1 0 1 4 0 4 .375 .375 .625 1.000 Clint Barmes 14 13 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 .000 .071 .000 .071 Pedro Alvarez 12 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 .000 .167 .000 .167 Rod Barajas 9 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .222 .222 .222 .444 Jose Tabata 9 8 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 .500 .556 .625 1.181 Neil Walker 9 8 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .375 .444 .375 .819 Jeff Clement 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500 Wandy Rodriguez 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400 Brock Holt 4 4 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000 Josh Harrison 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 James McDonald 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 Michael McKenry 3 2 2 0 0 1 3 1 0 1.000 1.000 2.500 3.500 A.J. Burnett 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 Kevin Correia 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Jordy Mercer 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 1.000 1.500 Chris Leroux 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Travis Snider 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 Total 145 129 35 5 0 3 11 15 36 .271 .347 .380 .727 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/18/2012.

Brewers vs. Burnett:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Aramis Ramirez 22 22 5 0 0 0 1 0 4 .227 .227 .227 .455 Rickie Weeks 17 16 4 1 0 0 2 1 3 .250 .294 .313 .607 Corey Hart 16 13 3 1 0 0 2 3 5 .231 .375 .308 .683 Carlos Gomez 14 11 2 1 0 0 1 2 3 .182 .357 .273 .630 Ryan Braun 13 12 5 0 0 0 1 1 5 .417 .462 .417 .878 Nyjer Morgan 10 8 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 .250 .333 .250 .583 Jonathan Lucroy 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .167 .333 Norichika Aoki 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .500 .750 Jeff Bianchi 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Yovani Gallardo 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Martin Maldonado 3 3 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.667 2.667 Marco Estrada 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .500 .000 .500 Jean Segura 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Total 115 104 26 6 0 0 8 9 29 .250 .316 .308 .623 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/18/2012.
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