In the first of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (32-28) and the St. Louis Cardinals (32-28) at PNC Park, Gerrit Cole (5-4, 2.85 ERA) and Michael Wacha (2-6, 5.16 ERA) get the start. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 10 and will air on FSMW and RTPT.
In his most recent outing, Cole pitched 6.2 innings, giving up three runs, striking out four and walking one in a 5-4 loss to the Angels. David Freese (.293, 28 Rs, 5 HRs, 22 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. The Cardinals were victorious over the Giants 7-4 the last time Wacha pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out four and walking two. Brandon Moss (.247, 31 Rs, 13 HRs, 30 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Cardinals, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
The Pirates are a -140 favorite with a total of 8 for this NL Central battle.
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The Pirates hold a 12-11 record this season against teams in the NL Central Division. The Cardinals' record in these matchups is 11-13.
Pittsburgh has won 44% (14-18) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, St. Louis has won 58% (19-14) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Cardinals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Pirates have a 4-5 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Cardinals are 5-24. The Pirates have a 5-19 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 23rd in home runs, Pittsburgh has hit 57 this season. St. Louis ranks fifth with 80 home runs.
Pittsburgh and St. Louis both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. Pittsburgh sits at sixth with 216 this season and St. Louis ranks ninth with 204.
When the Pirates hit at least one home run, they are 22-12, well-matched with the Cardinals who are 25-16 when hitting one or more homers.