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Friday 9/18/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore
-1.5  -115

+1.5  -105



ST LOUIS (22 - 24) at PITTSBURGH (15 - 34)
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Friday, 9/18/2020 4:05 PM
*Doubleheader Game #1 (7 Innings)
Board OpeningLatest
955ST LOUIS-165Ov 7,-125-165Ov 6.5,-120
956PITTSBURGH+155Un 7,+105+155Un 6.5,+100
ST LOUIS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games22-24-2.820-214.20.2380.3200.3790.6984.10.2180.3010.3890.690
Road Games10-11+1.26-133.90.2360.2980.3550.6534.30.2210.3080.4260.734
vs Right-handed Starters19-19+0.218-154.30.2440.3280.3870.7163.80.2110.2960.3670.663
Past 7 Games2-5-2.82-42.40.1960.2660.2490.5156.40.2690.3610.5100.871
Grass Games22-24-2.820-214.20.2380.3200.3790.6984.10.2180.3010.3890.690
Day Games10-9+0.99-74.50.2520.3250.3990.7243.60.2070.2840.3820.666
ST LOUIS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.20.2380.320461394332594430.379187167362142953826356
Road Games3.90.2360.29821657155300160.355795818051301410172
Righty Starters4.30.2440.328381151281524350.387159144298132523322275
ST LOUIS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.541.305158.7908012526821559-118561.5%
Road Games4.481.28070.33735521338824-35183.3%

PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games15-34-10.825-223.60.2200.2820.3470.6295.30.2440.3320.4340.766
Home Games9-14-0.810-114.40.2440.3070.3750.6825.30.2290.3180.4060.723
vs Right-handed Starters14-25-3.218-193.30.2160.2730.3360.6094.80.2360.3250.4290.755
Past 7 Games1-6-4.53-42.10.2040.2610.3450.6065.10.2390.3380.4080.746
Grass Games15-34-10.825-223.60.2200.2820.3470.6295.30.2440.3320.4340.766
Day Games8-9+3.68-83.70.2300.2910.3470.6394.80.2430.3300.4190.749
PITTSBURGH - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games3.60.2200.282491595351626430.3471701374251429830424320
Home Games4.40.2440.30723775189412190.3759670190815518282611
Righty Starters3.30.2160.273391240268495300.336121973421122222343612
PITTSBURGH - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.461.386202118100177241032288-125455.6%
Home Games4.851.403107.769589212591255-62250%
ST LOUIS - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/4/2020FLAHERTY(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSDARVISH(R)1-4L1258 ovU211990
9/5/2020GOMBER(L)CHICAGO CUBSREA(R)5-1W-1057 unU620370
9/6/2020HUDSON(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSLESTER(L)7-3W10012.5 evU1280651
9/7/2020OVIEDO(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSHENDRICKS(R)1-5L1707.5 ovU73210100
9/8/2020MARTINEZ(R)MINNESOTABERRIOS(R)3-7L+1206.5 ovO4301160
9/10/2020FLAHERTY(R)DETROITSKUBAL(L)12-2W-2155.5 unO1250540
9/10/2020GOMBER(L)DETROITZIMMERMANN(R)3-6L-1807 unO8611171
9/11/2020WAINWRIGHT(R)CINCINNATICASTILLO(R)1-3L+1007.5 ovU230850
9/12/2020HUDSON(R)CINCINNATIANTONE(R)7-1W-1258 ovP980350
9/13/2020MARTINEZ(R)CINCINNATIMAHLE(R)5-10L-1058 ovO8901390
9/14/2020KIM(L)@ MILWAUKEELINDBLOM(R)1-2L1056.5 ovU560460
9/14/2020PONCEDELEON(R)@ MILWAUKEEBURNES(R)3-2W1826.5 unU10140481
9/15/2020FLAHERTY(R)@ MILWAUKEEANDERSON(L)3-18L-1408.5 ovO7821540
9/16/2020WAINWRIGHT(R)@ MILWAUKEEWOODRUFF(R)4-2W1406 unP720431
9/16/2020OVIEDO(R)@ MILWAUKEESUTER(L)0-6L1407 unU241760
9/17/2020HUDSON(R)@ PITTSBURGHBRAULT(L)1-5L-1609 unU220960
9/20/2020 @ PITTSBURGH  
9/21/2020 @ KANSAS CITY  
9/22/2020 @ KANSAS CITY  
9/23/2020 @ KANSAS CITY  
9/24/2020 MILWAUKEE  
9/25/2020 @ MILWAUKEE  
9/25/2020 MILWAUKEE  

 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/4/2020BRAULT(L)CINCINNATICASTILLO(R)2-4L+1756.5 unU871771
9/4/2020PONCE(R)@ CINCINNATIBAUER(R)4-3W1856 ovO630431
9/5/2020WILLIAMS(R)CINCINNATIDESCLAFANI(R)2-6L+1159.5 unU7111642
9/6/2020KUHL(R)CINCINNATIANTONE(R)3-2W+1409 ovU980372
9/8/2020MUSGROVE(R)CHI WHITE SOXCEASE(R)5-4W+1209.5 unU10611071
9/9/2020BRUBAKER(R)CHI WHITE SOXDUNNING(R)1-8L+1409 unP4911162
9/11/2020BRAULT(L)@ KANSAS CITYBUBIC(L)3-4L1258.5 ovU780780
9/12/2020WILLIAMS(R)@ KANSAS CITYHERNANDEZ(L)4-7L1109 ovO83113100
9/13/2020KUHL(R)@ KANSAS CITYKELLER(R)0-11L1258.5 ovO55112100
9/14/2020PONCE(R)@ CINCINNATIBAUER(R)1-3L2256 unU450551
9/14/2020KELLER(R)@ CINCINNATIDESCLAFANI(R)4-9L1357.5 unO871550
9/15/2020MUSGROVE(R)@ CINCINNATILORENZEN(R)1-4L1259 ovU570640
9/16/2020BRUBAKER(R)@ CINCINNATICASTILLO(R)0-1L2258.5 unU330540
9/17/2020BRAULT(L)ST LOUISHUDSON(R)5-1W+1509 unU960220
9/20/2020 ST LOUIS  
9/21/2020 CHICAGO CUBS  
9/22/2020 CHICAGO CUBS  
9/23/2020 CHICAGO CUBS  
9/24/2020 CHICAGO CUBS  
9/25/2020 @ CLEVELAND  
Cards staff faces more DH strain with Pirates next

If it's Friday, it must be a doubleheader day for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Of course, it probably feels like that every day of the week for the Cardinals, who this time have two games against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

St. Louis (22-24) is trying to make the playoffs while navigating a heavy workload, thanks to an outbreak of COVID-19 early this season that forced several postponements.

The Cardinals will be playing their sixth doubleheader in 14 days. Even though those games are shortened to seven innings, it puts a strain on the pitching staff. And the St. Louis pitching staff was further stressed on Thursday.

"The mental challenges are as difficult as the physical challenges," Cardinals pitching coach Mike Maddux said Thursday. "We know it's going to be tough to go out there and play as many innings as we're playing in a short time. You've really got to pat them on the back because nobody's complaining. We're keeping our focus forward, and everybody is pushing through it."

And that was earlier in the day, before starter Dakota Hudson left after two innings in the 5-1 loss to the Pirates on Thursday, owing to tightness in his pitching elbow. That relegated the game to a bullpen outing for the Cardinals, who used five pitchers on the eve of a doubleheader.

Conversely, Pittsburgh left-hander Steven Brault did the Pirates' bullpen a big favor. In the opener of the five-game series, Brault pitched his first career complete game as the Bucs (15-34) ended an eight-game losing streak.

In the first game Friday, St. Louis right-hander Carlos Martinez (0-2, 10.32 ERA) is scheduled to face Pittsburgh right-hander Trevor Williams (1-7, 6.35).

In the second game, St. Louis right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-3, 6.23) is set to face Pittsburgh right-hander Chad Kuhl (1-2, 5.50).

Martinez is 5-4 with a 3.49 ERA in 12 career starts against Pittsburgh and 6-6 overall in 15 appearances, but he has been struggling lately. Sunday, he struck out eight but lasted only four innings in a no-decision against the Cincinnati Reds. In that one, he gave up three runs and six hits, which was actually an improved outing. In his previous two starts, both losses, he went 3 2/3 in each and gave up a combined 10 runs and 14 hits.

Ponce de Leon will be pitching on three days' rest after he gave up two runs and four hits, with nine strikeouts, in six innings Monday against Milwaukee. He is 0-1 with a 4.85 ERA in five career games, three of them starts, against the Pirates.

Williams has lost four consecutive decisions. Saturday, he gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings at Kansas City. He has given up 31 hits and nine homers with a 9.43 ERA over his past four starts, totaling 21 innings. All four of those games were Pittsburgh losses, and the Pirates are 1-8 in his starts.

"I have to stop giving up homers. It's really that simple," Williams said. "It just compounds. You give up a base hit, whether it's hit hard or hit soft, and (a homer) compounds. Those are the ones that hurt you."

Williams is 4-5 with a 5.32 ERA in 15 career games (12 starts) against St. Louis.

Kuhl has not had a smooth return after missing 2019 following Tommy John surgery. In his most recent outing, Sunday at Kansas City, he got knocked around for nine runs on four hits and six walks, although he struck out five in his 2 1/3 innings.

Kuhl revealed he was dealing with a cuticle abrasion on his right index finger that on Sunday left him with "no fastball command." He is 1-2 with a 3.51 ERA in eight career starts against the Cardinals.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 10/30/2020 1:48:57 PM EST

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