Pittsburgh Pirates versus St. Louis Cardinals Series 8th September 2017
This National League Central rivalry features the third place Cardinals versus the fourth place Pirates starting 8th September at the Cardinals Busch Stadium.
The Pirates are one of my all time favorite teams so i can’t wait for these match-up games.
While the Cardinals appear to have the edge in most phases of the game, I’ll examine the pitching match ups and offensive power of both clubs.
- On Friday, Trevor Williams takes the ball for the Pirates versus Luke Weaver for the Cardinals. Williams is 6-7 with a 4.14 ERA and 1-3 over the last four decisions. Weaver has the advantage in this one, coming in at 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA. He’s also 3-0 over the last three decisions.
- Saturday’s match up favors the Cardinals as well. Chad Kuhl goes for the Pirates versus Carlos Martinez for the Cardinals. Kuhl has been mediocre all season, going 7-10 with a 4.32 ERA and 2-3 over the last five decisions. Martinez has been very good lately, 4-1 over his last five and a solid 11-10 with a 3.34 ERA for the season. One thing to watch is his propensity to give up the long ball, surrendering 24 home runs this season.
- Sunday, After seeing the Cardinals taking the first two, the Pirates send Ivan Nova to the mound versus Michael Wacha. Nova is 11-12 with a 4.12 ERA and only 1-5 over the last six, while Wacha is 11-7 with a 4.21 ERA. With the added motivation to avoid a sweep, I see the Pirates edging the Cardinals in this one.
- One player to watch offensively for the Pirates are Andrew McCutchen, 23 home runs 75 RBI and .276 batting average. Others to watch are Josh Harrison (16 home runs, .272 average) and Josh Bell (24 home runs, 82 RBI)
Cut to the Chase Prediction
For the Cardinals, they have a balanced attack lead by Tommy Phan (.311 batting average, 19 home runs, 18 stolen bases) and Paul DeJong (21 home runs, .255 average). Also in the mix as key contributors are Jose Martinez who is red hot lately and hitting .310 with 13 home runs, while Randal Grichuk and Matt Carpenter have each added 18 home runs. So i feel the Cardinals will take at least two of the games at their home ground.