8:10 pm
August 30

Pirates @ Brewers

Who will WIN this matchup?

Pittsburgh Pirates (48-80)

@ Milwaukee Brewers (68-59)


Starting Pitchers:

Keller (PIT): 4-10; 4.50 ERA

Alexander (MIL) 2-1; 5.26 ERA


Current odds:

Pittsburgh Pirates: (+151)

Milwaukee Brewers: (-179)


The starting line-up for the Pirates is as follows:

The starting line-up for the Brewers is as follows:

Garrett Mitchell will try to continue the hot start to his major league career when he and the Milwaukee Brewers host the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second game of a three-game series on Tuesday night. Mitchell, a speedy outfielder, has driven in four runs in his first two starts to key a pair of victories. Mitchell, a 2020 first-round draft pick out of UCLA, delivered a two-run single in the fourth inning of his big league debut on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs. The hit gave the Brewers the lead for good in a 9-7 victory.

In the series opener against the Pirates on Monday, Mitchell walked and scored in the third inning to help Milwaukee take an early 3-0 lead. He came through in the clutch in the eighth inning, delivering a two-run homer to tie the score 5-5, and the Brewers went on to win 7-5.

Mitchell, who bats left handed, will likely be back in the starting lineup on Tuesday against Pirates right-hander Mitch Keller, who hasn’t lasted four innings in either of his past two outings. Keller (4-10, 4.50 ERA) gave up seven runs (two earned) and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings during a 14-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. It was an improvement over his previous outing on Aug. 16, when Keller lasted just two innings in a 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox, surrendering five runs (four earned) and five hits.

Keller made back-to-back starts against the Brewers in April. He took a 4-2 loss in Milwaukee on April 20 after allowing one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Keller faced the Brewers at home six days later and wound up with a no-decision in a 12-8 win. He surrendered four runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. He is 0-2 with a 4.40 ERA in three starts overall against the Brewers.

Willy Adames, who had three hits in the series opener on Monday, is 4-for-9 in his career against Keller with a home run and two doubles.

The Brewers are planning to send Jason Alexander (2-1, 5.26 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday. It will be the first start for the right-hander since July 12 after five relief appearances, four of them since his latest call-up from the minors on Aug. 7. Alexander is 2-1 with a 4.34 ERA in seven starts this year, 0-0 with a 7.47 ERA in seven relief outings.

Pirates rookie shortstop Oneil Cruz, who has six of his 11 home runs against the Brewers this season, scorched a three-run homer in the fifth inning on Monday. The ball left the bat at 118 mph, the hardest-hit homer from a Pittsburgh batter since Statcast began tracking all hits in 2015.

StreakSmarter Pick
Milwaukee Brewers