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Series preview: Pirates back on the road to visit Cardinals

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The Pirates face a familiar foe.

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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

Radio: KDKA-AM

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:

Projected Starters

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)

Projected Lineups

Pirates

  1. Adam Frazier (2B)
  2. Ke’Bryan Hayes (3B)
  3. Bryan Reynolds (CF)
  4. Colin Moran (1B)
  5. Jacob Stallings (C)
  6. Gregory Polanco (RF)
  7. Phillip Evans (LF)
  8. Kevin Newman (SS)
  9. Starting Pitcher

Cardinals

  1. Tommy Edman (2B)
  2. Dylan Carlson (CF)
  3. Paul Goldschmidt (1B)
  4. Nolan Arenado (3B)
  5. Tyler O’Neill (LF)
  6. Yadier Molina (C)
  7. Paul De Jong (SS)
  8. Lars Nootbaar (RF)
  9. 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.