In looking ahead at another Pirates Brewers series, we think a big reason the Pittsburgh Pirates are swimming upstream in the sewage of a disappointing start to the 2014 season is because of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brew Crew has taken six of the seven games played between the two teams. Last month when the teams played at Miller Park, the Brew Crew swept the Bucs.
So yeh, Pirates Brewers series typically bring out the best in the Brewers. And right on cue, the series marks the return of the Bucs Killer Ryan Braun.
The Brewers will be leaning on Braun tonight with Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez out of action. Of course, Gomez is doing the suspension thing and might not play at all in the series. The Brewers slugging third baseman and ex-Bucco, Ramirez looks to be headed to the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
The Brewers went 6-8 without Braun, but the team put up wins over the Yankees with some big help from some members of the club who have struggled recently. The big producer was Rickie Weeks who will certainly be in action during the series.
The Pirates starters will be BAMF Gerrit Cole tonight, and then left-hander Francisco Liriano and for some unknown reason, Wandy Rodriguez gets the final start on getaway day.
Nothing beats a good quote from Gomez to get the blood boiling, but in this case, we trust he is right.
“I think they’re going to come with more intensity,” Gomez acknowledged. “I think it’s good for the Pirates and it’s good for us. You just come with more intensity in the game. Just play right and be clean and I think we’ll be fine when all the emotion (is gone). They’re going to come after us. They want to beat us bad and we want to do the same.
“It’s good, competitive stuff.”
Also in the NL Central… how bout the Cardinals getting home late and just like we thought, they got right to work…ugh, wait. They got wiped out by the Chicago Cubs.
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