Sunday's scouting report: Pirates at Brewers
• Vance Worley is coming off his worst start as a Pirate, when he allowed six runs in the first inning to the Atlanta Braves. Worley struggled with his pitch angle against the Braves, meaning his pitches were traveling on a more east-west plane than a north-south one. Worley must get back to that north-south direction in unforgiving Miller Park.
• Brewers starter Mike Fiers has been dominant over his past three starts, including a 14-strikeout effort against the Cubs. Fiers is leaning more on his fastball this season despite its average 90-mph velocity. He's walking just 1.9 per nine innings and striking out nearly 10 per nine. The Pirates have typically performed well under Clint Hurdle against fastball-heavy pitchers.
Pirates pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow continues to impress. One scout described his fastball as “95-98 and coming out of the clouds” after a recent start. Glasnow has struck out 140 in 113 innings at High-A Bradenton.
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