Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Cardinals at Pittsburgh

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Cardinals at Pittsburgh

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SCOUTING REPORT - PNC Park is the stadium where the Cardinals have their worst record in the Mike Matheny era, dating to 2012. The Cardinals are only 22-31 there (not counting the game last year in Williamsport, Pa.) with just one winning season (5-4 in 2016).

After a fast 12-6 start, the Pirates were swept in four games at Philadelphia, scoring just five runs, before winning two of three from Detroit. They are 6-2 in interleague play, including 5-1 against the Tigers, and 8-9 in National League competition.

Former Cardinals postseason hero David Freese is nine for 37 (.243) with two homers and six RBIs this season in a part-time role for Pittsburgh. Since he left here, Freese has hit .283 against the Cardinals in 106 at-bats.

Pittsburgh will be without second baseman Josh Harrison, who has a broken bone in his left hand. …

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