Division rivals will square off against one another in one of the National League’s Division Series matchups, as the Pittsburgh Pirates will head to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals. The Cardinals held the best record in the National League with a 98-64 mark, winning the NL Central by 3.0 games. Once again they’ll head into the postseason as one of the favorites.
Pittsburgh’s story is clear at this point. Twenty-one years of futility before the team finally made their way into the playoffs, brushing past the Cincinnati Reds with relative ease in Monday night’s Wild Card Game. The Pirates are the big story of the playoffs right now, with plenty jumping on their bandwagon in support of their long-suffering faithful.
The two teams were evenly matched in 19 games this season. Pittsburgh won 10 to the Cardinals’ 9, including going 6-3 in St. Louis. The Cardinals outscored the Pirates during the season, 87-85.
Date: Thursday, October 3rd
Start Time: 5:00 PM EST
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Venue: Busch Stadium
TV Info.: TBS
Live Stream: MLB.tv or the MLB at Bat 12 App.
A.J. Burnett is slated to start for the Pirates. Burnett posted a strong season in 2013, going 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA and 1.215 WHIP. His 9.8 K/9 led the National League and marked a career best for the 15 year veteran. St. Louis will counter with Adam Wainwright, who was 19-9 on the year with a 2.94 ERA and 1.068 WHIP. His 241.2 IP and five complete games led the league.