In the last of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (67-69) and the St. Louis Cardinals (73-64) at PNC Park, Jameson Taillon (3-4, 3.25 ERA) and Mike Leake (9-9, 4.56 ERA) get the start. The Pirates lost the last game 9-7, extending an eight-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 7 and will air on FSMW, RTPT and ESPN.
In his last start, Taillon pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one run and striking out four in a 1-0 loss to the Brewers. Starling Marte (.311, 71 Rs, 9 HRs, 46 RBIs, 47 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The Cardinals were victorious over the Phillies 9-0 the last time Leake pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out eight and walking one. Jedd Gyorko (.243, 49 Rs, 26 HRs, 51 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
The Pirates hold a 25-32 record this season against teams in the NL Central Division. The Cardinals' record in these matchups is 33-25.
When leading after seven innings, St. Louis is 33-26, while Pittsburgh is 27-34.
The Cardinals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Pirates have a 22-35 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Cardinals are 15-56. The Pirates have a 16-53 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 26th in home runs, Pittsburgh has hit 129 this season. St. Louis ranks second with 201 home runs.
Pittsburgh and St. Louis both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. Pittsburgh sits at 10th with 449 this season and St. Louis ranks eighth with 459.
The Pirates are 48-31 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 61-43 when they hit at least one homer.