The Milwaukee Brewers are coming to town with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the midst of a seven game skid.
The Brewers currently lead the NL Division and have the numbers to back it up. Their offense is 7th in MLB and 3rd in the NL with a .737 OPS. Meanwhile their pitching staff is 11th in the MLB and 7th in the NL with a 3.85 ERA.
Earlier on Monday the Brewers traded a very familiar name in closer Josh Hader to the Padres. It was a trade that shocked a lot of people, but they likely won’t miss a step with Devin Williams likely to take over the closer role.
The Pirates themselves made a move late Monday in trading Jose Quintana and Chris Stratton to division rival St. Louis Cardinals. The trade brought back Malcom Nunez and Johan Oviedo. The good news is that Quintana is a free agent after this year so we won’t have to worry about him as a former Bucco tormenting them for long.
Trade Deadline will be over by game time — deadline is 6 PM EST — and it’s tough to say how many more players may be moved. The Quintana trade didn’t have many rumors leading up to it, so it’s possible there are some more quiet discussions going on. Ben Cherington had said that there should be roster turnover after the deadline, but my guess is if there aren’t many trades then the majority of moves would likely come after this series.
Brewers @ Pirates
Time: 7:05 PM EST
Pirates Starter: Bryse Wilson (1-6, 6.31)
Brewers Starter: Corbin Burnes (8-4, 2.31)
Wilson Notes: In his last four starts covering 22 innings, Bryse Wilson has giving up only eight earned runs for a 3.27 ERA. In those four starts he isn’t striking out many batters with only a K% of 14% but his BB% is only 2.2%. Groundball rate is sitting just below 50% at 48%. Bryse has been one of the starters looking like he may have turned a corner and will be tested against the Brewers (no jinx. no jinx. no jinx).
LINEUPS (tentative as the trade deadline is 6 PM today):
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Christian Yelich LF
Willy Adames SS
Rowdy Tellez 1B
Andrew McCutchen DH
Kolten Wong 2B
Hunter Renfroe RF
Luis Urías 3B
Victor Caratini C
Tyrone Taylor CF