August 11: Pirates @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (71-40, +5.0 in NL Central), Pirates (65-44, -5.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX, MLB Network

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Kolten Wong (2B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jason Heyward (RF), Randal Grichuk (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Stephen Piscotty (LF), Mark Reynolds (1B), Carlos Martinez (RHP)

Pirates lineup: Gregory Polanco (RF), Starling Marte (LF), Andrew McCutchen (CF), Aramis Ramirez (3B), Jung Ho Kang (SS), Neil Walker (2B), Pedro Alvarez (1B), Francisco Cervelli (C), Jeff Locke (LHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Move to the leadoff spot has reignited Matt Carpenter (link)
  • Preview of key series between the Cards and Pirates at Busch Stadium this week (link)
  • How is this year’s team stacking up with the 105-win Cardinals club of 2004? (link)

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5 Comments

Reblogged this on STL Baseball Today on MLBlogs.com and commented:
MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch previews tonight’s series opener between the Cardinals and Pirates in Pittsburgh.

Martinez off to a slow start again. In the past few starts he’s settled down.Hope it’s true tonight.

Right. Carlos can take a few innings to settle in. Or let’s hope so…

Nice start to the series.Wacha vs.Cole should be a good one.

Um, so let’s see. Cole (24 y/o, 6′ 4″, 230lb) vs Wacha (24 y/o, 6′ 6″, 210lb). That’ll be some match-up. It’ll most likely be up to the respective offenses to determine the outcome of tonite’s game, I guess.
Altho’…last season? Cole was 0-2 vs the Cards at Busch. But we still had Holliday & Adams in the line-up at that point.
Even if we do drop this game? That’s OK. We can’t win every single one of ’em. We’ll just need to come back and win the 3rd game to take the series….correcta-mundo?

Btw? I have NO doubt that it took everything Martinez had in him, NOT to beat his chest walking off the mound last nite, after his last strike, pitch number 108. A habit needless to say, he’s been encouraged to break. Hahaha.

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