Pittsburgh takes 3-game skid into matchup with St. Louis
St. Louis Cardinals (15-12, second in NL Central) versus Pittsburgh Pirates (12-14, fourth in NL Central)
Pittsburgh; Sunday at 1:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Carlos Martinez (1-4, 4.77 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 17 strikeouts) Pirates: Wil Crowe (0-0, 3.86 ERA, 1.93 WHIP, 5 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Pirates +129, Cardinals -148; over / under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh enters the matchup as the loser of the last three games.
The pirates are 5-9 against opponents from NL Central. Pittsburgh has completed 20 home races as a team this season. Phillip Evans leads the team by four while beating .384.
The Cardinals are 7-4 against the rest of their division. The St. Louis team’s base percentage of 0.296 is the last in the National League. Dylan Carlson leads the team with an OBP of 0.355.
The Cardinals won the last meeting 12-5. Jack Flaherty recorded his fifth victory and Nolan Arenado went 3-4 for St. Louis with one double, one triple and three RBIs. Trevor Cahill took his third loss for Pittsburgh.
TOP PERFORMER: Colin Moran leads the pirates with 10 additional base hits and hits .495.
Arenado leads the Cardinals with 18 RBIs, beating .274.
LAST 10 MATCHES: Pirates: 5-5, .217 batting average, 4.07 ERA, exceeded by seven runs
Cardinals: 7-3, .236 batting average, 2.60 ERA, outperformed the opponents by 17 runs
INJURIES: Pirates: Jose Soriano: (elbow), Chad Kuhl: (right shoulder), Michael Feliz: (fingers), Austin Davis: (elbow), Blake Cederlind: (elbow), Steven Brault: (lat load), Ke ‘Bryan Hayes: (wrist).
Cardinals: Adam Wainwright: (List of injured Covid-19), Daniel Ponce de Leon: (Soulder), Andrew Miller: (toe), Miles Mikolas: (right shoulder), Dakota Hudson: (right elbow), Jordan Hicks: ( not disclosed)), John Nogowski: (hand), Yadier Molina: (foot).