September 29, 2015

Probables for critcal Central race game

PITTSBURGH--PNC PARK--Both the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates have named their starting pitchers for Tuesday night's premier MLB matchup.

With the NL Central Division crown at stake, here some intel on the named starters.

For St. Louis, Michael Wacha, 17-6 season record, 3.15 ERA. Wacha has struggled of late, even in his last game versus Pittsburgh. Wacha is 3-2 in his last seven starts with a 3.92 ERA for those games.

Pirates doing well against Wacha in recent AB's: Andrew McCucthen is hitting .467 in 15 ABs with a home run and a couple RBI. Aramis Ramirez goes .333 in six ABs with a homer and two RBI. Gregory Polance has raked in his nine ABs versus Wacha at .556.

Wacha's last outing versus Pittsburgh came on August 12 at Busch Stadium, a win in which he threw six full innings, giving up nine hits, two (earned) runs, a home run, three walks, and seven strikeouts. Suffice it say Wacha toiled for that win.

For Pittsburgh, Charlie Morton, 9-8 season record, 4.54 ERA. Morton, like Wacha, has struggled lately, notably having a rough outing in Colorado where he gave up six runs in less than five innings.

Cardinals doing well against Morton in recent ABs: Jon Jay rakes versus the right-hander, hitting .409 in 22 ABs with three RBI. Jhonny Peralta goes .364 in 11 ABs. Brandon Moss has a home run and two RBI in five ABs at .400. Matt Holliday, at .250 in 28 ABs is a bit below par, but has a home run and four RBI off Morton.

Morton's last outing versus St. Louis came on Sept. 5 at Busch Stadium, a loss with an attached ERA of 4.07. Morton allowed two runs on four hits in six innings of work, walking three and striking out three.