Pedro Alvarez and Clint Barmes will both sit today in favor of Brandon Inge and recently-recalled Jordy Mercer. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the move was made because Alvarez and Barmes historically have struggled against Milwaukee starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo.
Clint Barmes is out of the lineup against the Brewers and pitcher Yovani Gallardo. Photo Credit: David Hague
"Our lineup is extended better that it has ever been before as far as being able to hit deeper," Hurdle said. "(Alvarez) is 0 for 15 against Gallardo. Barmes along the same lines. I've watched them go to bat against the guy for two straight years and this is the third year. We'll try something different."
MLB.com's Tom Singer dug up the numbers for Alvarez and Barmes against Gallardo.
Alvarez (0-15) and Barmes (1-17) against #Brewers’ Gallardo, so they sit in favor of Inge (2-5 with HR) and Mercer (first look). #pirates
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