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PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 10,672

Brewers turn to Chacin against Pirates

According to STATS
According to STATS

Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. The Brewers lost two of three to the Pirates at home in May, but are 10-3 in road NL parks since April 30. They're averaging 6.31 runs in those games compared to 4.31 in their 29 contests at home and in AL parks.
  2. Jhoulys Chacin is 6-0 with a 2.69 ERA since April 20 with the Brewers going 10-1 in those games. Milwaukee is 12-3 when Chacin pitches, marking only the fourth time in franchise history, and first since 2007 with Claudio Vargas, that the team won 12 of a pitcher's first 15 starts.
  3. Lorenzo Cain is batting .370 with four doubles, eight RBI and seven runs in his last 11 games. In eight career contests against the Pirates, however, he has a .212/.235/.242 slash line -- the OBP and slugging percentage mark his lowest against any opponent with the batting average tied for the worst (Dodgers).
  4. The Pirates are batting an NL-best .339 with runners in scoring position over a 4-3 stretch since June 10. They were just .177 in such situations in their previous eight games, losing six.
  5. Josh Harrison is hitting .366 with two homers, nine RBI and eight runs in his last 10 games. He had just 10 RBI in his first 27 contests. In 25 games against the Brewers at PNC Park since 2015, he is batting .347.
  6. Trevor Williams has allowed 11 first-inning runs in his last four starts, with opposing hitters going 12-for-24 with five extra-base hits. He had yielded just one run in the first frame in his first 10 starts with opponents batting .182 without an extra-base hit.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/18/2018 thru 6/20/2018

Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin could have gotten something richer than the two-year, $15.5 million contract he signed with Milwaukee during the offseason.

It turns out the Brewers certainly cashed in.

Chacin (6-1, 3.32 ERA), who faces right-hander Trevor Williams (5-4, 4.38) and the Pittsburgh Pirates in a series opener Monday at PNC Park, is 6-0 with a 2.66 ERA in his past 12 starts, a career-high six-game winning streak.

The Brewers are 12-3 in his starts overall.

"He's PITCHING," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said after Chacin's last outing, when he gave up one run in six innings Wednesday and combined with three relievers for a 1-0 shutout against the Cubs in Chicago.

"He's got some cunning and some craftiness out there, as well as good stuff."

Chacin, who is 2-3 with a 4.76 ERA in seven career starts against Pittsburgh, introduced a split-fingered fastball Wednesday, switching to that after he struggled with command on his changeup.

His performance more than 2 1/2 months into the season would seem to make him quite a deal for Milwaukee. He has no regrets.

"I've never been a guy who wanted a lot of attention," Chacin said. "I just want to go out there and do my job. I was happy to sign here because I saw the chemistry last year. I'm 30 years old, but I've been in the big leagues a little bit longer, and I really want to win. This is a good young team."

Milwaukee (42-29) lost its second straight Sunday, 10-9 to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Pittsburgh (35-36), which won two of three against Milwaukee in a series in early May, sits fourth in National League Central. The Pirates lost 8-6 Sunday to the Cincinnati Reds to end a three-game winning streak but still won a series after losing eight in a row.

"If somebody would have told me you're going to lose eight series, you'd think you're going to be horrible," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "We're not horrible. We're fighting. And we believe that our best baseball is in front of us. You've got to go play it, though."

Second baseman Josh Harrison said that mindset has permeated the clubhouse.

"For one, nothing changes for us as far as our day-to-day grind, preparing," he said. "But we also know what's happened here the past couple weeks. Guys are still plugging away and coming ready to show up every day. ... We've just got to continue bringing it every day."

Williams is in need of a turnaround just like his club. He won his first three 2018 starts, but he is 0-2 with an 8.57 ERA in his past five starts. Most recently, he gave up three earned runs (eight total) and six hits in three innings Tuesday in a 13-8 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

Williams is 0-1 with a 3.29 ERA in three career appearances, two of them starts, against the Brewers.

Updated June 17, 2018

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