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Game 130: Pirates at Brewers

By Kipper @pghsportsforum
Pirates back in Milwaukee where they hope to dismiss the horror experienced at Miller Park.
Probables: Gerrit Cole (15-7, 2.44) vs. Jimmy Nelson (10-10, 3.81)
"Bucs face Crew to open heavy Central stretch
By George Von Benko / Special to | + 14 COMMENTS
After an off-day on Monday, the Pirates open a crucial series of 17 straight games against National League Central foes, starting in Milwaukee with a three-game set against the Brewers.
The series at Miller Park opens Tuesday night with Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole (15-7, 2.44 ERA) on the mound, opposing Brewers right-hander Jimmy Nelson (10-10, 3.81).
A big reason the second-place Pirates have not been able to overtake the division-leading Cardinals is Pittsburgh's record against the NL Central. The Pirates, who hold a comfortable lead in the NL Wild Card race, are 21-29 against division opponents. Pittsburgh is 6-6 this season against Milwaukee.
"It's just one of those things," shortstop Jordy Mercer said of the Pirates' record against the NL Central. "Everybody knows everybody pretty well. We know that it's going to be a different Milwaukee team when we go back there. Obviously, Aramis Ramirez is with us, they have a few guys that have left, but it's still Major League baseball, and they can beat anybody on any given day. I feel that we're playing some of the best baseball that we've played all year, and we carried it to Miami and hopefully we can carry it this next road trip."
Three things to know about this game
• The Pirates have won seven of their last eight road games. During that stretch, Pittsburgh has outscored opponents 42-21 while the pitching staff has posted a 2.22 ERA.
• Beginning Tuesday night, 26 of Pittsburgh's final 33 games will come against the NL Central.
• Cole has posted a 2.13 ERA on the road this year while allowing just two home runs in 84 1/3 innings.
George Von Benko is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs."

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