Sunday's scouting report: Brewers at Pirates
Pirates beat reporter Travis Sawchik's inside look at Sunday's game:
• Yovani Gallardo has already started three games against the Pirates this season but has not factored in a decision. In 181⁄3 innings against the Pirates, Gallardo has allowed 14 hits, struck out 18 and has posted a 3.48 ERA. He has allowed three home runs. Gallardo has evolved to rely less on velocity and more on an assortment of offspeed pitches.
• In a departure from his career numbers, Charlie Morton has been more effective against left-handed batters this season, which is unusual since the fastball-dependent right-hander lacks a reliable changeup. Morton is holding lefties to a .212 average, righties to a .257 average. The Brewers' lineup skews heavily right-handed.
It would not be a surprise to see Starling Marte held out of the lineup for a sixth straight day Sunday as Marte is a career .188 hitter vs. Gallardo. Marte has struggled mightily this season but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said a demotion to Triple-A is not on the table.
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