Series Preview: Pirates @ Cardinals

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Pittsburgh Pirates (13-9) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (13-8)

April 26, 2013 – 8:15 pm
April 27, 2013 – 4:15 pm
April 28, 2013 – 2:15 pm

Busch Stadium

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Resources: Pirates Depth Chart | Bullpen Workload

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Probable Starters:

Game 1 – Jonathan Sanchez (0-2, 11.12) vs. Lance Lynn (3-0, 3.68)

Game 2 – A.J. Burnett (1-2, 2.79) vs. Jake Westbrook (1-1, 1.25)

Game 3 – Jeff Locke (2-1, 3.74) vs. Shelby Miller (3-1, 1.44)

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Batting Leaders:

Pirates

Cardinals

AVG

Starling Marte (.333)

Yadier Molina (.308)

HR

Pedro Alvarez (4)

Carlos Beltran (4)

RBI

Andrew McCutchen (12)

Allen Craig (15)

SB

McCutchen (6)

Daniel Descalso (2)

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Pitching Leaders:

Pirates

Cardinals

Wins

Four tied with 2

Adam Wainwright (4)

SO

A.J. Burnett (42)

Wainwright (37)

ERA

Burnett (2.79)

Jake Westbrook (1.25)

Saves

Jason Grilli (9)

Edward Mujica (4)

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Opponent Blogs: Pitchers Hit Eighth, Redbird Rants, Viva El Birdos

Player to Watch: Pedro Alvarez, who’s currently riding a hot streak. Since hitting his first homer of 2013 last Thursday, El Toro is hitting .375 (9 for 24) with a 1.298 OPS and four home runs. And he loves playing at Busch Stadium – his .292 average and five homers are his top marks at any away ballpark (minimum 25 plate appearances).

Go Bucs

Game Canceled: Mother Nature rains on Pirates’ hit parade

Jonathan Sanchez and the Pirates were off to a good start on Tuesday night before the skies opened up.

Sanchez struggled a bit in the first, as three straight Cardinals reached base to start the ballgame. Fortunately, he got out of the inning after allowing just two runs.

The Bucs brought their bats to open up the bottom half. After Starling Marte struck out, Jose Tabata laced a liner to left, starting a string of five consecutive singles. Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Jones, Neil Walker, and Pedro Alvarez got in on the action, scoring three runs in the process. They got their fourth and final run of the inning on a bizarre play – Russell Martin bounced one back to pitcher Jake Westbrook, who fired to second for a double play. Problem was that no one covered the bag, and the ball flew into center field. Walker scored, and Alvarez managed to get thrown out at third base.

Both teams went scoreless in the second, and never came out to play the third. The tarp went on the field around 7:50 pm, and Mark D’Amico broke the bad news around 9:10:

A 4-2 lead goes to waste due to the rain. No makeup date scheduled.

Finale of the abbreviated series tomorrow night at 7:05, A.J. Burnett vs. Shelby Miller.

Go Bucs

Pirates select Vin Mazzaro from Indy

The Pirates have made another roster move this afternoon, selecting the contract of RHP Vin Mazzaro from Class AAA Indianapolis. RHP Bryan Morris has been optioned back down to the minors.

Mazzaro, 26, posted an 8.44 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 10.2 spring training innings for the Bucs. He’s known for allowing 14 earned runs in 2.2 innings in a May of 2011 game vs. Cleveland.

After James McDonald struggled last night, the bullpen was heavily used. And since Jonathan Sanchez is pitching tonight, the Pirates may have to dig deep into that bullpen again. Therefore, Mazzaro’s recall is logical, in the sense that he can pitch multiple innings.

One of the relievers used last night was Bryan Morris, who had to throw 45 pitches in the 10-6 loss. Morris has a minor league option for this season, so he was the easy choice to get sent down. He should get a legitimate chance to prove himself in the bullpen real soon, however.

Bullpen Workload

Updated Pirates Depth Chart

Other moves the Bucs have made in the past few days: Morris up/Leroux DFA, Irwin up/Harrison down, Presley up/Irwin down.

Lineups for tonight’s game vs. St. Louis:

Pirates   Cardinals
Marte LF Robinson CF
Tabata RF Beltran RF
McCutchen CF Holliday LF
Jones 1B Craig 1B
Walker 2B Molina C
Alvarez 3B Freese 3B
Martin C Carpenter 2B
Barmes SS Kozma SS
Sanchez P Westbrook P

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Series Preview: Pirates vs. Cardinals

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Pittsburgh Pirates (6-6) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (7-5)

April 15, 2013 – 7:05 pm
April 16, 2013 – 7:05 pm
April 17, 2013 – 7:05 pm

PNC Park

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Probable Starters:

Game 1 – James McDonald (1-1, 3.75) vs. Lance Lynn (1-0, 4.50)

Game 2 – Jonathan Sanchez (0-2, 12.96) vs. Jake Westbrook (1-1, 0.00)

Game 3 – A.J. Burnett (0-2, 3.71) vs. Shelby Miller (2-0, 1.46)

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Batting Leaders:

Pirates

Cardinals

AVG

Starling Marte (.347)

Matt Carpenter (.319)

HR

Andrew McCutchen, Michael McKenry (2)

Matt Adams (3)

RBI

McCutchen (10)

Matt Holliday (9)

SB

McCutchen (5)

Daniel Descalso (2)

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Pitching Leaders:

Pirates

Cardinals

Wins

Six tied with 1

Shelby Miller, Adam Wainwright (2)

SO

A.J. Burnett (27)

Wainwright (24)

ERA

Burnett (3.71)

Westbrook (0.00)

Saves

Jason Grilli (5)

Mitchell Boggs (2)

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Opponent Blogs: Pitchers Hit Eighth, Redbird Rants, Viva El Birdos

Player to Watch: A.J. Burnett, who’s searching for his first win of 2013. He is two strikeouts away from 2,000 in his career, so Wednesday should be a milestone night for Burnett.

Go Bucs

Dissecting the Schedule: August

We’ll spend time this week breaking down the Pirates’ 2013 schedule, month by month. 

schedule August
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Notes:

– The Pirates will play 16 games against NL West opponents in August.

– They’ll head out west twice in this month. First, they’ll hit Colorado and St. Louis between August 9th – 15th. The following week, they’ll travel to the coast to face the Padres and Giants.

– The Bucs will see the Rockies and Cardinals six times apiece in August.

– The August 17th matchup against Arizona (4:05 first pitch at PNC) will be broadcast on FOX.

– Third Eye Blind will play a postgame concert after Pirates vs. Cardinals on Saturday, August 31st.

– Three out of four Mondays in August will be off days for the Bucs.

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