Pirates at Brewers
The Milwaukee Brewers have gotten far more than expected out of Chase Anderson this season, which is one reason they’re still in the hunt for a playoff spot. The Brewers need another major contribution from him in the finale of their three-game series against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.
Anderson gets the ball a day earlier than expected as he slides into Jimmy Nelson’s spot in the rotation for the rubber match of the series. The Brewers have won four of their last five contests to pull within 2 1/2 games of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Central and remain four behind Colorado for the second wild card, but they’re 6-9 against the Pirates this season. Milwaukee won 5-2 on Tuesday as Eric Thames belted his 29th home run and the Brewers improved to 40-33 at home. The Pirates have lost six of their last seven following a four-game winning streak and are 29-44 on the road.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet-Pittsburgh, FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Tyler Glasnow (2-6, 7.45 ERA) vs. Brewers RH Chase Anderson (9-3, 2.93)
Glasnow struggled at the major-league level early in the season but regained his dominant form in the minors. The 24-year-old was 9-2 with a 1.93 ERA in 15 starts at Triple-A Indianapolis. Glasnow faced the Cubs twice in his first stint with the Pirates this season, allowing nine runs - seven earned - over 8 1/3 innings in a pair of no-decisions.
Anderson will start on three days’ rest after an abbreviated outing against Chicago on Saturday. The 29-year-old threw only 67 pitches while allowing one hit over five scoreless frames before the Brewers lifted him with a 14-0 lead. Anderson is 4-2 with a 3.38 ERA in nine career starts versus the Pirates and won the only meeting this season.
1. The Brewers are the first team since at least 1913 to have seven players with at least 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases.
2. Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen has reached base in 12 consecutive games against the Brewers and 16 straight at Miller Park.
3. Milwaukee RHP Corey Knebel has converted 19 straight save chances and posted a 0.70 ERA in 26 games since the All-Star break.