Cardinals vs Pirates Preview 22 September 2017
In this National League Central matchup series starting on the 22 September @ Pirates, the second place St Louis Pittsburgh Cardinals take on the fourth place Pirates.
The Cardinals look to move into position for a post season spot, while the Pirates look to finish out 2017 on a high note.
The pitching match ups are relatively even, but the Cardinals have a big edge offensively on paper.
- In Friday’s match up, Michael Wacha is on the mound for the Cardinals versus Chad Kuhl for the Pirates. Wacha is 3-1 over his last four decisions and is 12-8 with a 4.06 ERA for the season. Kuhl has struggled recently, going 1-3 over his last four and is 7-11 with a 4.31 ERA this season.
- On Saturday, Lance Lynn takes the ball for the Cardinals. He will be opposed by Ivan Nova for the Pirates. Lynn has been very solid, coming in with a record of 11-7, an ERA of 3.09 and allowed only 142 hits in 180 2/3 innings. Nova has been on a downward spiral of late, losing his last four decisions and has allowed 29 home runs this season. He comes in with a record of 11-11 and an ERA of 4.20.
- The series finale features Jack Flaherty for the Cardinals versus Geritt Cole for the Piartes. Flaherty has appeared in only three games and is 0-1 with a high ERA of 6.08. Cole has been hurt by the long ball, allowing 30 home runs, but he’s struck out 184. Overall, his record if 11-11 with a 4.13 ERA.
Offensively, the Cardinals have a much more potent attack. Tommy Pham leads the way with a .305 average, 21 home runs and 21 stolen bases. Matt Carpenter and Randal Grichuk are both hitting below .240 but have each contributed 20 home runs. Veteran catcher Yadier Molina adds to the mix with 18 home runs, 78 RBI and a .278 average.
For the Pirates, they are led by Andrew McCutchen, batting .275 with 26 home runs and 79 RBI. Josh Bell compliments McCutchen with 24 home runs and 83 RBI, while Josh Harrison can’t be overlooked with his .272 average and 16 home runs.
Cut to the Chase Predictions
The Cardinals could come away with a sweep in this series, but I see the Pirates with an edge on Sunday, narrowly winning to salvage a game in this series.
NB Note that all statistics are for games through Tuesday, September 19.