Neither the Pirates nor the Brewers expected to be still seeking their first victory when the teams met at Miller Park this weekend, but that was exactly the situation entering Friday's series opener. Now one team is looking to get hot in a series that continues Saturday night.
"I hope we're both better than what we've been so far," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "You never want to start off poorly. Coming out of Spring Training thinking you're ready, which I believed we were ready, and things don't go well. I'm sure they feel the same way we do.
"They're a good team. At the end of the year, they're going to be a good team."
Things to know about this game:
• The last time Pirates starter Vance Worley faced Milwaukee, he twirled a gem. The right-hander scattered four hits over eight scoreless innings of a 1-0 win at PNC Park on Sept. 21, at the tail end of the Brewers' collapse. It was Worley's first victory against the Brewers in four career decisions.
• Since the Wild Card was instituted in 1995, only five teams have started the season 0-4 and still reached the postseason: The '95 Reds, '99 Diamondbacks, 2011 Rays, '11 Brewers, and '12 Braves. That Brewers team, in Roenicke's first season as manager, rebounded to set a franchise record with 96 regular season wins.
• Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said he was looking for a spot this weekend for first baseman Corey Hart and/or second baseman Jung-ho Kang to start a game in this series. Since neither was in the lineup Friday night, Saturday could be the day. Hart and Kang are each awaiting his first start of the season.