Lineup: Josh Harrison 2B, Fran Cervelli C, Cutch CF, Josh Nell 1B, David Freese 3B, Jose Osuna LF, Gregory Polanco RF, Jordy Mercer SS & Chad Kuhl P. The Bucs have loaded up with RH hitters; El Coffee is the only lefty swinger who will face southpaw Suter.
|This will be Chad's first trip to the hill since the All Star break (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
Pitchers: Chad Kuhl (3-6, 4.96) opens the set against LHP Brent Suter (1-1, 2.96). Chad is starting to come around. In his last eight starts overall, Kuhl has posted a 2-1/3.51 slash. Chad has gone 2-0/2.21 in four career starts against the Brewers, including a win over Kyle Davies this season on June 20th at Miller Park (five IP, two runs). He'll be well rested; his last outing was his three-inning emergency start on short rest when Jamo came down with food poisoning on July 9th. Southpaw Suter will be making his 11th appearance and fourth start for the Brewers this season. He's is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in two starts since joining the rotation for Chase Anderson after being recalled on June 21st; it was the human yo-yo's fifth call-up of the season. He has a sizable R/L split (.270 v .167) and an ERA of 4.00 on the road. Suter hasn't faced the Bucs this year, but in his one 2016 appearance, he shut them down over 5-1/3 frames, giving up three hits and fanning four.
- Cutch has hit safely in seven straight games and has gone 16-for-44 (.364) with five doubles, three home runs, four RBI and a 1.133 OPS in his first 11 games this month, continuing his summer surge.
- Freeser hasn't had a multi-hit game since June 19th at Milwaukee; maybe the Brewers will be his lucky charm again.
- The Brew Crew is 52-42 and have won 11-of-14 games. They're 4-1/2 games ahead of Chicago with the Cards 6-1/2 back and Bucs 7 behind. Pittsburgh is 7-3 in its last 10 matches and lost a game to the Brew Crew in that span.
- Starling Marte is in the house. He wasn't allowed to practice or be on the bench with the team today but he'll be back in good graces (and the roster) tomorrow.