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MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates will try to prevent getting swept in St. Louis Wednesday at 1:15 p.m.. Jameson Taillon (12-9, 3.40) will go to the hill for the Bucs, facing Cardinals’ rookie Daniel Poncedeleon (0-1, 2.67).

Taillon has been on a roll since the calendar turned to August, posting a 5-1 record, a 2.31 ERA and 6 K/BB in his last six starts. He has gone 18 straight starts allowing three earned runs or fewer. Not surprisingly, he has a 12-1 record this year when the offense gives him at least three runs of support.

Poncedeleon is starting for the Cardinals, but if recent history is any indication, he may not be in the game for too long. With the exception of his major league debut- in which he threw seven no-hit innings- he has maxed out at 4.1 IP and 92 pitches in his last nine pitching appearances (including major and minors league outings), three of which were starts.

And if you want a really depressing stat, the Pirates have been swept in St. Louis at least once every year since 2013. They escaped with a win their first two times in Cardinal country earlier this season, so the streak is on the line today.

Lineups

Pirates

2B Adam Frazier

CF Starling Marte

1B Josh Bell

RF Jordan Luplow

3B Kevin Kramer

LF Pablo Reyes

SS Kevin Newman

C Jacob Stallings

P Jameson Taillon

Cardinals

3B Matt Carpenter

RF Tyler O’Neill

1B Matt Adams

LF Marcell Ozuna

SS Yairo Munoz

2B Kolten Wong

CF Harrison Bader

C Carson Kelly

P Daniel Poncedeleon