The Pittsburgh Pirates Kevin Correia will have his work cut out for him tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers. Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder murder Pirates pitching. In 2010, Braun blasted six bombs and killed it at a .368 average. His slasher sidekick Prince Fielder sent eight balls out of PNC Park.
Pirates pitchers still break out in a cold sweat just thinking about those two monsters.
But if there were ever a year to stop the screaming, booing, and embarassment at the hand of the Brewers, 2011 is it. The Brewers have been a little slow out of the gate this year, especially on the road. The Brew Crew are hitting .259 and the opposition has outscored them 43-38. Fielder is hitting .400, Braun will step to the plate tonight hitting .353, and Rickie Weeks is off to a .268 early start.
The Pittsburgh Pirates face right-hander Shaun Marcum (4.22ERA) who will get his first start against Pittsburgh–and of course, very few of the Bucs have faced the right hander. Marcum has given up nine hits and six runs while striking out 11 in 10.2 innings this season.
Correia (1.29) is looking to turn around the awful performances by Pirates starters against the Brewers. It’s hard to even look at it–one Pirates starter got a win against the Brewers in 2010.
Correia has been pitching well enough to pull it off and the timing couldn’t be better as the Bucs have another shot at a win tomorrow night.
Tonights game lies on the shoulders of the offense, runs and timely hitting will be vital against Marcum. It won’t be an easy fight– Marcum allowed just two runs over six innings against Atlanta.
Correia will need to limit the free passes against the Crew who always seem to look comfortable causing havoc in Pittsburgh.
Not Hot: Can Pedro Alvarez.195) and Garrett Jones (.172) pick it up a little bit? Andrew McCutchen had a terrible series at home against the Rockies. If these three can get hot, this could be an interesting series. If not, pull the covers over your head.
Hot: Prince Fielder was named the NL Player of the Week. The 1B hit two bombs and four doubles with a .500OBP. Jose Tabata is a man child and has a ten game hitting streak.
The Brewers are still looking for their first road win of the season. Closer John Axford gave up four runs in the ninth on Opening Day and has been lights out since with four saves in four scoreless IP.
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