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Pirates Open Up Homestand With 4 Against Brewers

Pirates Are 3 Games Back Of Milwaukee In Standings, 4 Back of Chicago

May 30, 2019 - 4:51 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Pittsburgh Pirates return home with a record of 27-27 after splitting a 4-game series with the Cincinnati Reds this week.  The Pirates will open up the homestand with 4-games against the Milwuakee Brewers who come into the series with a record of 31-25 and the Pirates are 3-games back of them in the NL Central.

NEWMAN LEADS THINGS OFF

Manager Clint Hurdle has made a lineup change for Game 1 of the series against the Brewers with Kevin Newman now batting leadoff and Adam Frazier hitting 8th and says it is something that is not just a one time thing.

"We're going to go ahead and give it some legs, when Newman is scheduled to play we want to run him up top now," said Hurdle. "It's a different look for Adam which I think is important right now, we've had him leadoff for 50 some games (and) he hasn't gotten the traction that he wants or we need, so we'll rearrange the scenery for him."

And, Newman says he is just going to take everything one game at a time and whether or not he needs to change his approach just because he's hitting leadoff?

"Not really, just try to get on base as many times as I can for the guys behind me," said Newman. "We've got big boppers that can put the ball over the fence and I'm just going to try and get on base so we can score some runs."

DON'T RULE OUT THE OPENER

The Pirates and Manager Clint Hurdle have not ruled out using "The Opener" again this season as they wait for their starting rotation to get healthy and have the five pitchers they expected to be in it at the beginning of the year to be in it at the same time

"Well number one, it wasn't the vacuum I think as which we talked about it initially, the personnel we wanted to use," said Hurdle. "When we talked about the opener back when, Richard Rodriguez was our first candidate, I don't think he was on the team when we decided to do it, we might of just moved him out or he wasn't in a position just from a pitch execution part of it to do it. 

When asked if the Pirates would consider using the opener again, Hurdle said, "I think it would be safe to say that we would consider it again if the opportunity and the situation presented itself similar to what it's done in the past, we would explore it. I'm not going to close the book on it by any means."

LOOK AROUND THE NL CENTRAL

Taking a look at the NL Central as things sit right now, the Chicago Cubs (31-23) are a game up on the Milwaukee Brewers (31-25) and 4 games up on the Pirates (27-27). The St. Louis Cardinals (27-28) are a half game behind the Pirates and the Reds (26-30) are in last and 6 games behind the Cubs.

St. Louis Cardinals defeat Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon 5-3

Milwaukee Brewers vs Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 pm (on 93.7 The Fan and AT&T Sportsnet)

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH-UPS

Tonight (7:05 pm): Joe Musgrove, PIT (3-5, 4.27 ERA) vs Chase Anderson, MIL (2-0, 3.25 ERA)

Friday (7:05 pm): Chris Archer, PIT (1-5, 5.75 ERA) vs Jhoulys Chacin, MIL (3-6, 4.88 ERA)

Saturday (4:35 pm): TBA, PIT vs Brandon Woodruff, MIL (7-1, 3.22 ERA)

Sunday (1:35 pm): TBA, PIT vs Gio Gonzalez, MIL (2-1, 3.19 ERA)

DOWN ON THE FARM

Indianapolis (AAA, 29-20/1st Place): The Indians close out a 3-game series against Charlotte tonight at home at 7:05 pm. Outfielder Trayvon Robinson is batting .320 with 4 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs and 14 RBI in 36 games.

Altoona (AA, 23-27/9.5 GB of 1st): The Curve close out their series on the road against Trenton with a doubleheader tonight. Outfielder Bralin Jackson is batting .235 with 7 doubles, a triple and 10 RBI in 41 games.

Bradenton (A, 30-21/1 GB of 1st): The Maruaders close out their series and look for the series sweep at home against Lakeland. Outfielder Cal Mitchell is batting .290 with 10 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs and 29 RBI in 48 games.

Greensboro (A, 34-17/6 GB of 1st): The Grasshoppers open up a series at home tonight against Lakewood. 2nd baseman Rodolfo Castro is batting .269 with 11 doubles, 13 home runs and 35 RBI and 44 games.

Listen to Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle's entire pregame conversaion with the media below:

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