Pirates-Brewers Preview Capsule

Pirates (12-16) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (15-14)

Site: PNC Park

Friday: RHP Chad Kuhl (1-2, 6.26) vs. RHP Jimmy Nelson (1-2, 5.34), 7:05 p.m.

Saturday: RHP Gerrit Cole (1-3, 3.50) vs. RHP Matt Garza (1-0, 3.38), 7:05 p.m.

Sunday: RHP Tyler Glasnow (1-1, 6.97) vs. RHP Zach Davies (2-2, 6.07), 1:35 p.m.

NOTES: The Pirates are in last place in the National League Central, four games behind the division-leading Cubs, while the Brewers are 1 ½ games back in second place. … The Pirates have lost two games in a row and four of their last five. … The Brewers have won three of their last four games. … The teams are meeting for the first time in 2017 after the Pirates won last year’s season series 10-9. The Pirates and Brewers are 57-57 against each other since the beginning of the 2013 season. … The Brewers have scored 57 runs in their last nine games while the Pirates have given up 28 runs in their last five games. … These mark the Pirates’ only three games at PNC Park in a 17-game stretch from April 28-May 14. … Pirates 3B Josh Harrison is 15-for-44 (.341) in his last 11 games with two doubles, one triple, four home runs, four walks and seven strikeouts. … Brewers C Jett Bandy is 11-for-32 (.344) in his last nine games with two doubles, three homers, three walks and six strikeouts. … Kuhl is 1-0 against the Brewers in his career while Cole is 2-3 and Glasnow has never faced Milwaukee. … Nelson has a 5-3 lifetime record against the Pirates while Garza is 3-6 and Davies is 0-2.

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