Pittsburgh Pirates: Previewing First Trip of the Season to Milwaukee

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Chad Kuhl #39 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the San Diego Padres at PNC Park on April 13, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Chad Kuhl #39 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the San Diego Padres at PNC Park on April 13, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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Apr 13, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Home plate umpire Vic Carapazza (L) talks with Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton (R) after both benches were warned during the eighth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 13, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Home plate umpire Vic Carapazza (L) talks with Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton (R) after both benches were warned during the eighth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

This weekend the Pittsburgh Pirates will make their first trip of the season to Miller Park in Milwaukee to play their divisional rivals the Milwaukee Brewers for the first time in 2021

For over a decade Miller Park in Milwaukee has been a house of horrors for the Pittsburgh Pirates.   Miller Park opened in 2001, through 2006 the Pirates owned a 24-24 record in Milwaukee. Respectable, especially considering the 2001-2006 Pirate teams were bad.

During the 2007 season the Pittsburgh Pirates went 1-8 at Miller Park. This was the beginning of the house of horrors. From 2007-2010 the Pirates 5-22 at Miller Park. Even when the Pirates made the postseason in 2013-2015 they still had a losing record at Miller Park. Although, the 2018 Pirate team that finished with a winning record did manage a 5-4 record in Milwaukee.

The past two seasons, however, the struggles returned. The Pittsburgh Pirates went just 2-11 the previous two seasons at Miller Park, and now it’s time for their first trip of the 2021 season to the house of horrors.

Now, the house of horrors has changed. Miller Park is now named American Family Field. So, maybe that will be the key to the Pirates turning things around in Milwaukee? At least that’s what we’ll tell ourselves.

The Pirates enter the series with a record of 5-8 on the year. They are coming off of splitting a four-game series with the San Diego Padres. Unfortunately, the series ended on a sour note with Mitch Keller turning in another poor start in a Pirate loss.

Milwaukee enters the series coming off an off day on Thursday. Prior to that, the Brew Crew took two of three from the Chicago Cubs to improve to 7-5 on the season. This puts the Brewers in an early season tie for first place in the National League Central.

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