Found September 19, 2012 on This Is Getting Old:
It’s so easy to write that the Pirates lost to the Brewers.  It’s natural.  Second nature at this point.  It’s not surprising, it’s barely even frustrating.  It’s accepted.  Accepted by the fans for sure, and seemingly accepted by the players.  How else could you explain this drought against the Brewers? First Pitch:  7:05 PM EST Where [...]

Brewers steal their way to 6-0 win

Final: Brewers 6, Pirates 0 WP: Yovani Gallardo (16-8, 3.59 ERA) LP: A.J. Burnett (15-8, 3.64 ERA) The Brewers were eight for eight in stolen base attempts, including three by Ryan Braun as they ran their way to a 6-0 shutout victory in game one of a pivotal three game series. A.J. Burnett started for the Pirates and allowed just two runs over six innings, but Milwaukee’s Yovani...

Brewers' pitchers look primed for big things

For 26 straight innings, the Milwaukee Brewers' pitching staff hadn't allowed a single run. It was a magnificent feat for a pitching staff that struggled at times with its starters and struggled even more times this season with its bullpen. But for 26 innings, the Brewers had been practically unhittable. It took until the ninth inning of Wednesday night's game against...

Brewers have endured lots of twists and turns

MILWAUKEE Imagine for one moment that it's July 26 the trade deadline closing in and you're standing next to Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. He's on the phone with Anaheim general manager Jerry DiPoto discussing a potential trade that will send Brewers ace Zack Greinke to the Angels for three prospects, including shortstop Jean Segura. He hangs up...

Owner supportive of Pirates' Huntington, Hurdle -- for now

The Pittsburgh Pirates have collapsed during the final two months for the second straight season. Though owner Bob Nutting says he isn't happy about it, he also doesn't seem inclined to do anything rash. "We're all frustrated by and upset with the performance and seriously looking at what do we need to do both to finish the year appropriately and make sure this...

Blazing Brewers chalk up seven steals

MILWAUKEE Jonathan Lucroy took off, not known for his speed, but fully aware that the Milwaukee Brewers had been dominating the Pirates already this game when it came to stealing second base. And sure enough, Lucroy's slide was in time, beating Pirates catcher Rod Barajas again. Barajas, statistically one of baseball's worst catchers when it comes to catching base-stealers...

Pirates Notebook: Pirates See Record Drop to .500

On July 28th after sweeping the Houston Astros on the road, the Pirates were sitting at a season-high 16 game over .500 and just two games behind the National League Central leading Cincinnati Reds. However, since then, the club has taken a nose dive. After being defeated 3-1 to Milwaukee on Wednesday at PNC Park, the Pirates saw themselves drop to 74-74 on the season. Not since...

Brewers hope to sink Pirates for good

MILWAUKEE Despite standing with the same record (74-72), both back by 2.5 games in the battle for National League's second wild-card spot -- both led by NL MVP candidates in Ryan Braun and Andrew McCutchen -- the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates couldn't seem to be any more different heading into Tuesday's start of a three-game series. Twelve games under .500...

Final: Brewers 6, Pirates 0

Source: FanGraphs

Brewers 3, Pirates 1

Marco Estrada pitched seven scoreless innings and rookie shortstop Jean Segura hit a double and triple Wednesday night as the surging Milwaukee Brewers stayed in contention for a postseason berth with a 3-1 victory over the fading Pittsburgh Pirates. Estrada (4-6) allowed three hits and retired the last 10 batters he faced in improving to 4-1 with a 1.23 ERA in his last six starts...

Final: Pirates 3, Cubs 0

Source: FanGraphs

Exploring the Arsenal – Mike Fiers

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications...
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