Ryan Vogelsong (3-4, 3.56 ERA) and Luke Weaver (1-2, 3.86 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (67-68) and the St. Louis Cardinals (72-64) at PNC Park. The Pirates lost the last game 12-6, continuing a seven-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 6 and can be seen on FSMW and RTPT.
Vogelsong pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out three and walking three in a 6-5 defeat to the Cubs. Starling Marte (.311, 71 Rs, 9 HRs, 46 RBIs, 47 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Weaver went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out 10 and walking two in a 3-1 defeat to the Brewers in his last outing. Jedd Gyorko (.244, 49 Rs, 26 HRs, 51 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Pirates are 25-31 against their divisional rivals, while the Cardinals are 32-25 against their division.
Pittsburgh has won 44% (27-34) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, St. Louis has won 56% (33-26) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Cardinals are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 12 runs. The Pirates have a 0-2 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Cardinals are 15-56. The Pirates have a 16-52 record when opponents outhit them.
Pittsburgh ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 127 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five at third with 196.
Pittsburgh and St. Louis both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. Pittsburgh sits at 10th with 447 this season and St. Louis ranks eighth with 457.
When the Pirates hit at least one home run, they are 48-30. When the Cardinals hit at least one homer, they have a 60-43 record.