The St. Louis Cardinals (81-57) have won six of their last eight games even after a loss on Thursday and hit the road this weekend to open a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates (50-86) on Friday at PNC Park. St. Louis leads the Brewers by eight games in the National League Central and will face the last-place Pirates nine times in its final 24 games. Pittsburgh has dropped six of its last seven, including a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the New York Mets on Wednesday. The Cards are 8-2 this season against the Pirates. On Thursday in St. Louis, the Cardinals fell to the Nationals 11-6 despite getting two homers from 40-year-old Yadier Molina.
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Game Date: Sept. 9, 2022
Game Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
TV: ATT Sportsnet Pittsburgh (Alternate)
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Pittsburgh managed just one run while getting swept by the Mets 5-1 and 10-0 on Wednesday. The Pirates are last in the National League in most of the major offensive categories.
Right-hander Roansy Contreras opens the series for Pittsburgh. The 22-year-old rookie is 4-4 in 16 appearances and 13 starts with a 3.41 ERA and 1.311 WHIP in 74 innings. He allowed just one run on four hits in six innings on Saturday but got no decision in a loss to the Blue Jays.
The Cards will go with All-Star Miles Milolas. The 34-year-old right-hander has made 28 starts and is 11-10 with a 3.32 ERA and 1.009 WHIP in 176-and-one-third innings. Mikolas allowed just two hits in eight shutout innings to beat the Cubs on Sunday.
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