Pittsburgh Pirates (26-46) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (36-38), June 24-27, 2021
Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
TV: AT&T Sports Pittsburgh
Cardinals SB Nation Site: Viva El Birdos
The Pirates hit the road again to visit their NL Central rival in the St. Louis Cardinals for a four-game set.
Here’s a look at what we can expect:
Thursday, 8:15 p.m. EST
Chad Kuhl (1-4, 5.66 ERA) vs. Carlos Martinez (3-8, 6.62 ERA)
Friday, 8:15 p.m. EST
Wil Crowe (0-4, 6.42 ERA) vs. Kwang Hyun Kim (1-5, 3.60 ERA)
Saturday, 2:15 p.m. EST
JT Brubaker (4-6, 3.77 ERA) vs. Adam Wainwright (5-5, 3.74 ERA)
Sunday, 2:15 p.m. EST
Tyler Anderson (3-7, 4.82 ERA) vs. Johan Oviedo (0-3, 4.62 ERA)
- Adam Frazier (2B)
- Ke’Bryan Hayes (3B)
- Bryan Reynolds (CF)
- Colin Moran (1B)
- Jacob Stallings (C)
- Gregory Polanco (RF)
- Phillip Evans (LF)
- Kevin Newman (SS)
- Starting Pitcher
- Tommy Edman (2B)
- Dylan Carlson (CF)
- Paul Goldschmidt (1B)
- Nolan Arenado (3B)
- Tyler O’Neill (LF)
- Yadier Molina (C)
- Paul De Jong (SS)
- Lars Nootbaar (RF)
- Starting Pitcher
The Pirates got a much-needed visit home this week after a difficult road trip that occupied majority of their season-long, 10-game losing streak. In their five-game homestand against the top two teams in the AL Central, the Buccos came out 3-2.
The Cardinals return home following a six-game road trip of their own in which they won just a single game. A return to their friendly confines is exactly what the Redbirds are looking for after dipping under the .500 mark.
Luckily for them, it’s been over a month since the Pirates have won a game outside PNC Park.
The Pirates have dropped their last 11 road contests and if they don’t break that streak this weekend, it will become 15 straight road games without a win. Not good.
If the Pirates can flash a similar offense that they did this week at home, then they should be able to take a game or two, possibly three. I’d have a hard time seeing the Pirates sweep a team four games on the road, considering they have not done so since August 2019.