Gennett strong against Pirates, surging against lefties

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Scooter Gennett is having a nice year at the plate and the Milwaukee Brewers second baseman is even getting more playing time against left-handed pitchers, whom he has struggled with in the past but not so much in 2016.

There's a double dose of good news for Gennett -- the Brewers are playing Pittsburgh and the Pirates are likely to start two lefties.

Gennett, who owns a .326 career on-base percentage, reaches base against the Pirates like no other club.


Team OBP
Pirates .390
Phillies .376
Giants .360
Diamondbacks .359
Dodgers .350

By the way, Gennett really likes facing American League West teams. Four of his top-five OBP regardless of plate appearance are against teams from that division: Angels (.500), Rangers (.500), Mariners (.455) and Athletics (.381). He's even at a respectable .353 vs. Houston.

Speaking of respectable, let's talk Gennett against southpaws. Coming into the season, Gennett struggled mightily when facing lefties, batting a paltry .123.

However, this year, he's turned things around and nearly has as many hits in 2016 off left-handers (13) than he did combined in his first three seasons (14). Overall in this season, Gennett is 13 for 47 vs. lefties, a .277 batting average. He also has a .370 on-base percentage and .468 slugging percentage, thanks to three doubles and two home runs.

The Brewers as a team have done very well when facing left-handers. In 28 games started by lefties, Milwaukee is 16-12, a .571 winning percentage. Pittsburgh's probable pitchers for the final two games of this Tuesday-Thursday series are left-handers Jeff Locke and Francisco Liriano.

Other notes:

-- Pittsburgh (.381) and Milwaukee (.360) rank first and fourth in the National League in batting average on a 0-0 count.

-- The Brewers' Jonathan Villar (33) and the Pirates' Sterlin Marte (32) rank 1-2 in the major leagues in stolen bases.

-- Milwaukee is 10-3 (.769) this season when Junior Guerra starts. The only better team winning percentages when a pitcher starts in the National League are the Nationals/Stephen Strasburg (16-1, .941), Dodgers/Clayton Kershaw (14-2/.875) and Giants/Johnny Cueto (16-3/.842).

Statistics courtesy STATS LLC