It’s a bit awkward to see the Cardinals’ and Pirates’ identical 56-53 records, both seven games back of the first-place Cubs in the NL Central and four back of the second wild card spot, given the contrasting stories around the two teams over the last month or so.
The Cardinals jettisoned Mike Matheny (bad news if you root against the Cardinals, really) and, at the trade deadline, shipped Tommy Pham to the Rays (good news if you root against the Cardinals). The Pham trade highlighted a slew of mostly smaller moves, which especially shook up St. Louis’ beleaguered bullpen.
The Cardinals are 9-7 in the Mike Shildt era, having taken three of four from the Rockies this week, winning twice on walk-offs.
Season Series: 5-5 split
April 27: Pirates 6, Cardinals 5, 11 innings
April 28: Pirates 6, Cardinals 2
April 29: Pirates 5, Cardinals 0
May 25: Pirates 8, Cardinals 1
May 26: Cardinals 4, Pirates 1
May 27: Cardinals 6, Pirates 4
At St. Louis
May 31: Cardinals 10, Pirates 8
June 1: Pirates 4, Cardinals 0
June 2: Cardinals 3, Pirates 2
June 3: Cardinals 5, Pirates 0
Friday, 7:05 p.m. — John Gant (3-4, 3.49 ERA) vs. Chris Archer (3-5, 4.31); TV: AT&T SportsNet
Saturday, 7:05 p.m. — Austin Gomber (1-0, 3.22) vs. Ivan Nova (6-6, 4.33); TV: AT&T SportsNet
Sunday, 1:35 p.m. — Jack Flaherty (4-6, 3.49) vs. Trevor Williams (9-7, 3.89); TV: AT&T SportsNet
56-53 (56-53 Pythag, 4.45 RS/G, 4.29 RA/G)
It feels a little easy to overlook the excellence of Matt Carpenter (.276/.388/.572, 26 HR), at least on the field. He’s getting plenty of credit for his salsa. Harrison Bader (.275/.345/.412, 6 HR) adds strong defensive value, sitting third among Cardinals position players in fWAR (1.9). He stands to see more playing time in the absence of Tommy Pham. Pirate killer Kolten Wong (.216/.305/.359, 7 HR) is expected to be activated from the disabled list (knee inflammation) on Friday.
Jack Flaherty (11.06 K/9, 3.19 BB/9, 3.49 ERA, 4.05 FIP, 3.51 xFIP, .269 BABIP) continues to shine with the help of a little luck. Instead of going through it all here, just go and check out who is left in the Cards bullpen.
How many games will the Pirates win this weekend?
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