Major League Baseball
Preview
Pittsburgh at St. Louis
When: 8:15 PM ET, Friday, June 23, 2017
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

Busch Stadium has been a house of horrors for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who will look to end a seven-game losing skid in the Gateway City on Friday when they open a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Pittsburgh dropped three consecutive 2-1 decisions in St. Louis when the National League Central rivals met in April.

Pittsburgh sustained consecutive losses to split its four-game series at Milwaukee to fall to 3-5 on the heels of a season-high four-game winning streak. Gregory Polanco highlighted his fourth multi-hit performance in six games with a solo homer in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Brewers, but is just 3-for-14 in his career against Friday starter Adam Wainwright. St. Louis rookie Paul DeJong also went deep in Thursday's 5-1 loss to Philadelphia, extending his team's home run streak to 11 straight games - with 20 coming since last Friday. DeJong went 7-for-23 on the road trip and will get his first look at Friday starter Jameson Taillon.

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, ROOT PIT (Pittsburgh), FSN Midwest (St. Louis)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Jameson Taillon (3-2, 3.38 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Adam Wainwright (7-5, 5.75)

Taillon answered a brilliant performance with a mediocre one on Sunday, allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings of a 7-1 setback to the Chicago Cubs. "I think they're looking for fastballs early, and then some breaking balls didn't work his way at all," manager Clint Hurdle said of the 25-year-old. Taillon permitted two runs in five innings of a no-decision versus St. Louis on Sept. 7 last season.

Wainwright surrendered nine runs on seven hits for the second time in three starts on Saturday, lasting a career-low 1 2/3 innings in a 15-7 rout at Baltimore. The 35-year-old surrendered three homers in that contest after being taken deep just five times in his previous 13 games. A trip back to Busch Stadium could be what the doctor ordered for Wainwright, who owns a 5-1 mark with a 2.88 ERA in seven home starts this season.

WALK-OFFS

1. St. Louis C Yadier Molina is riding a 10-game hitting streak, during which he has three homers, five RBIs and as many runs scored.

2. Pirates SS Jordy Mercer, who saw his 11-game hitting streak halted on Thursday, went 3-for-11 in the previous series versus the Cardinals.

3. St. Louis LF Tommy Pham is 5-for-14 with three homers and four RBIs in his last three games.

PREDICTION: Cardinals 3, Pirates 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Pittsburgh 33-40 L2 19-18 14-22 16-10 10-16 5-8 2-6
St. Louis 33-38 L1 18-18 15-20 12-3 13-19 5-8 3-8
Last Meeting
Pittsburgh St. Louis
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
4/19/17 PIT 1 STL 2 .156 1 .479 .267 2 .779
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Pittsburgh J. Bell .333 4 .917
St. Louis D. Fowler .364 4 1.508
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Pittsburgh J. Bell 1 2 1
St. Louis D. Fowler 2 3 2
Pitching ERA Avg K
Pittsburgh 2.25 .210 19
St. Louis 1.00 .200 15
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Pittsburgh J. Harrison .294 78 .825
St. Louis J. Gyorko .293 66 .852
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Pittsburgh A. McCutchen 14 41 43
St. Louis D. Fowler 13 40 35
Pitching ERA Avg K
Pittsburgh 4.36 .247 535
St. Louis 4.09 .252 609