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Brewers look to sweep Pirates in wild-card push

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Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. The Brewers have won 12 of the first 16 meetings between these teams this season. Prior to this year, Milwaukee had not won a season series from Pittsburgh since 2015 and went 25-32 (.439) against the Pirates from 2016-18, its second-worst winning percentage against any NL team over that stretch (Dodgers, 8-12, .400).
  2. The Pirates are two defeats away from their first 90-loss season since 2011. Among NL teams, only the Cardinals (24 seasons), Dodgers (14) and Nationals (9) have longer streaks of not reaching that number.
  3. Milwaukee enters the series having won 12 of its last 14 games, with strong pitching having carried that stretch as the Brewers rank second (to St. Louis) with a 3.22 ERA in September. Milwaukee led the majors with a 2.77 ERA while going 19-7 in September last season.
  4. The Pirates have gone six consecutive games without a home run, their longest drought since a six-game spell from June 24-30, 2015. Pittsburgh last went seven straight games without homering during an eight-game streak from July 17-25, 2011.
  5. Kevin Newman is batting .345 (19-for-55) over a 13-game hitting streak and had a 19-game streak earlier this season. He's the first Pirates rookie with two hitting streaks of at least 13 games since Lee Handley in 1937.
  6. Mike Moustakas hit his 35th homer of 2019 in Milwaukee's win over the Padres on Tuesday, tying the franchise record by a third baseman in a season set by Bill Hall in 2006.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/20/2019 thru 9/22/2019
(AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

With the end of the regular season looming on Sept. 29, chances are looking better that the Milwaukee Brewers will be celebrating a postseason berth before that.

The Brewers, with star Christian Yelich done for the season after an injury to his kneecap, and veterans Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun hobbled by nagging injuries but still coming up big, are three games up on the rival Chicago Cubs for the National League's second wild card.

They could also overtake the Washington Nationals for the first wild card, meaning getting a home game when the wild cards meet. The Nationals are up only one game on the Brewers, and each team has seven games remaining.

Milwaukee's magic number to clinch a wild card is five entering Sunday's series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"They say we lost our MVP to the kneecap, and guys have stepped up in his absence," Cain told "That's what we're going to need to get where we want to be. Guys continuing to play well. You know me, I'm not satisfied until we're in for sure."

To say the Brewers (85-70) are scorching is an understatement. They've won seven of eight, 14 of 16 and are 16-4 in September.

Milwaukee has won its last two games over the Pirates by identical scores of 10-1. With Saturday's victory, the Brewers are 106-56 all-time against the Pirates at Miller Park, including 7-1 this season.

On Sunday afternoon, the Brewers go for the series sweep in their last regular-season home game. Their remaining six games are at Cincinnati and Colorado.

Brandon Woodruff (11-3, 3.69 ERA) is set to make the start, but he isn't likely to last more than a couple of innings in his second start since coming off the injured list. Gio Gonzalez is expected to be the pitcher called upon to relieve Woodruff, a strategy deployed by manager Craig Counsell last Tuesday.

The Pirates look to avoid the sweep by countering with right-hander Trevor Williams (7-7, 5.59). Williams is 3-2 in seven appearances against Milwaukee, six of them starts, and has a 2.63 ERA.

Pittsburgh (65-90) has lost eight in a row, the fourth losing streak of at least eight games that it has endured this season. The Pirates have allowed 10 or more runs to an opponent 31 times this season, and have been outscored by 60 runs in the current losing streak.

Catcher Elias Diaz left Saturday's game in the fourth inning with a right knee injury when he twisted it trying to catch a pitch from James Marvel. No update on Diaz's status was given after the game, but one is expected Sunday.

"When I tried to catch the pitch, I reached for the ball, and my foot got stuck," Diaz told, "and my knee went and, like, turned."

The Pirates have lost 90 games in a season for the first time since 2011, when they finished 72-90 mark. Their next defeat will give them the most losses in a season since they were 57-105 in 2010.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 22, 2019

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