Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Cardinals vs. Pirates

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Cardinals vs. Pirates

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Scouting report: The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium to face the division rival Pittsburgh Pirates for a three-game series. It is the first meeting between the teams, and last year St. Louis won the season series 10-9.

Mike Leake is scheduled to make his third start of the season Tuesday, depending on the weather. So far this season, Leake has been the Cardinals' best starting pitcher, tossing 15 innings and allowing just one run. That's good for a minuscule 0.60 ERA, which leads the National League. Additionally, Leake has struck out 13 while only allowing one walk.

Pittsburgh comes into this series off a sweep of the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs. The Pirates have been very streaky so far this season and are 6-6, having alternated sweeping their opponents and being swept. Pittsburgh lost all three of its games to the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds, but swept the Atlanta Braves and Cubs. …

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