MLB 2016 Game #12: Pirates vs. BrewersIt's rare that I get to games on back-to-back days, but that's the case tonight. After watching the Seattle Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox last night, despite Chris Sale pitching a complete game with 14 strikeouts, I find myself headed to Milwaukee's Miller Park.
The Pittsburgh Pirates (65-61, .516) sit in third place and trailing the front-running Chicago Cubs by 16.5 games. They still have a chance to reach the postseason again via the wild card. At the moment, they sit 2.5 games back for the second National League wild card spot.
On the other hand, the Milwaukee Brewers (56-72, .438) are buried in fourth place sitting 26.5 games off the pace. They simply have too many teams to pass in the wild card for a legitimate chance to reach the postseason.
Tonight, the Pirates send 24-year-old Jameson Taillon (3-3, 2.92 ERA) to the mound. The Brewers will answer with 27-year-old Jimmy Nelson (7-13, 4.26 ERA).
(Not So) Fun Fact: I have not seen the Milwaukee Brewers win a game this season. In 2016, during games I've attended, the Brewers are 0-3. All three games were one-run losses. On May 14, the San Diego Padres won 8-7 in 12 innings. They dropped the June 26 game to the Washington Nationals, 3-2. And finally, the Cubs beat them 6-5 on July 24. They last time I witnessed a Brewers win in person was on September 20, 2015, when they doubled-up the Cincinnati Reds, 8-4.