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

Series Preview: Pirates @ Phillies

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Pittsburgh Pirates (10-8) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (8-11)

April 22, 2013 – 7:05 pm
April 23, 2013 – 7:05 pm
April 24, 2013 – 7:05 pm
April 25, 2013 – 1:05 pm

Citizens Bank Park

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Resources: Pirates Depth Chart | Bullpen Workload

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Probable Starters:

Game 1 – A.J. Burnett (1-2, 2.63) vs. Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, -.–)

Game 2 – Jeff Locke (1-1, 5.17) vs. Cole Hamels (0-2, 6.46)

Game 3 – Wandy Rodriguez (2-0, 0.56) vs. Roy Halladay (2-2, 6.04)

Game 4 – James McDonald (2-2, 4.12) vs. Cliff Lee (2-1, 2.83)

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Batting Leaders:

Pirates

Phillies

AVG

Starling Marte (.319)

Michael Young (.333)

HR

Three tied with 2

Chase Utley (3)

RBI

Andrew McCutchen (12)

Utley (15)

SB

McCutchen (6)

Ben Revere (5)

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Pitching Leaders:

Pirates

Phillies

Wins

Ja. McDonald, W. Rodriguez (2)

R. Halladay, C. Lee (2)

SO

A.J. Burnett (35)

Lee (23)

ERA

Burnett (2.63)

Lee (2.83)

Saves

Jason Grilli (7)

Jonathan Papelbon (3)

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Opponent Blogs: The Good Phight, Phillies Nation, Crashburn Alley

Player to Watch: Roy Halladay, who’s had some ups and downs in 2013. He struggled in spring training, then allowed 12 runs in his first two regular season games. But he’s allowed just three runs on seven hits in his last two outings, and could be working his way back to form. Which Doc Halladay will show up on Wednesday? He’s 4-1 with a 0.98 ERA against the Pirates in his career.

Go Bucs