Pittsburgh Pirates (48-66, fifth in the NL Central) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (58-55, third in the NL Central)
; Friday, 8:15 p.m. EDT
St. Louis heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by Jack Flaherty. Flaherty went seven innings, surrendering The Cardinals are 26-20 against NL Central teams. The St. Louis pitching staff owns a team ERA of 4.09, Jack Flaherty leads the staff with a mark of 3.72.
The Pirates have gone 20-32 against division opponents. The Pittsburgh offense has compiled a .265 batting average as a team this season, good for sixth in the majors. Bryan Reynolds leads the team with a mark of .338.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cardinals: 2-8, .225 batting average, 4.10 ERA, outscored by 21 runs
Pirates: 2-8, .244 batting average, 5.90 ERA, outscored by 19 runs
Pirates Injuries: Jameson Taillon: (elbow), Edgar Santana: (elbow), Chad Kuhl: (elbow), Clay Holmes: (triceps), Rookie Davis: (finger/forearm), Nick Burdi: (biceps), Gregory Polanco: (shoulder), Lonnie Chisenhall: (finger), Francisco Cervelli: (concussion).