Game 125: House of Horrors

Just what the Pirates didn’t need—four games at Miller Park. The Pirates and Brewers begin their four-game series tonight with first pitch at 8:10.

In case you don’t believe in the house of horrors, here are some numbers to refresh your memory of the Pirates atrocious play at Miller Park.

Miller Park opened in 2001 in the same season that PNC Park debuted. Since then, the Pirates are 41-88 at that abominable place. They didn’t win even one game there in 2008, 2009 and so far this season. And to make matters worse, the Pirates have lost NINE straight games there. It was one thing when the Brewers had a good team back in ’08 and ’09, but recently the Brewers have been a bad baseball team and the Pirates have made the postseason three straight seasons. And they still can’t win there.  Overall against the Brewers, the Pirates are 132-168 all-time.

No matter the pitching matchup or how much of a favorite the Pirates are at Miller Park, things always go wrong there and the Pirates find themselves in a quick hole and no chance at a comeback.

Let’s take today’s matchup. Chad Kuhl has been effective for the Pirates so far this season and Wily Peralta has been awful this season. Peralta owns a 6.00 ERA through 16 starts with a 5.31 FIP and given up 113 hits in 84 innings and hasn’t struck out very many (5.8 K/9). None of that will matter tonight. Peralta will most likely mow the Pirates down and Kuhl will give up an early home run and that will be about it. The Brewers always seem to get out to an early lead at Miller Park against the Bucs. Seven out of the last nine games there, the Brewers scored a run in the first or second inning and a lot of them were on home runs.

Pirates North Shore Nine
Harrison 2B
Marte LF
McCutchen CF
Polanco RF
Freese 3B
Bell 1B
Cervelli C
Mercer SS
Kuhl P

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