Pirates begin 3-game series with the Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals (81-57, first in the NL Central) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (50-86, fifth in the NL Central)

Pittsburgh; Friday, 6:35 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Miles Mikolas (11-10, 3.32 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 127 strikeouts); Pirates: Roansy Contreras (4-4, 3.41 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 70 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cardinals -201, Pirates +168; over/under is 8 runs

St. Louis Cardinals (81-57, first in the NL Central) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (50-86, fifth in the NL Central)

Pittsburgh; Friday, 6:35 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Miles Mikolas (11-10, 3.32 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 127 strikeouts); Pirates: Roansy Contreras (4-4, 3.41 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 70 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cardinals -201, Pirates +168; over/under is 8 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Pittsburgh Pirates host the St. Louis Cardinals to start a three-game series.

Pittsburgh has a 27-41 record at home and a 50-86 record overall. The Pirates are 32-11 in games when they have more hits than their opponents.

St. Louis has an 81-57 record overall and a 34-33 record in road games. The Cardinals have the second-ranked team on-base percentage in the NL at .329.

The matchup Friday is the 11th time these teams match up this season. The Cardinals hold an 8-2 advantage in the season series.

TOP PERFORMERS: Bryan Reynolds leads the Pirates with 21 home runs while slugging .446. Oneil Cruz is 13-for-41 with two doubles, two triples, three home runs and nine RBI over the last 10 games.

Paul Goldschmidt has 35 doubles, 35 home runs and 109 RBI for the Cardinals. Tommy Edman is 16-for-39 with six doubles, three home runs and nine RBI over the past 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Pirates: 3-7, .217 batting average, 4.19 ERA, outscored by 16 runs

Cardinals: 7-3, .238 batting average, 3.68 ERA, outscored opponents by 14 runs

INJURIES: Pirates: Colin Holderman: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Yerry De Los Santos: 60-Day IL (lat), David Bednar: 15-Day IL (back), Dillon Peters: 15-Day IL (elbow), Max Kranick: 60-Day IL (elbow), Canaan Smith-Njigba: 60-Day IL (wrist), Roberto Perez: 60-Day IL (hamstring), Blake Cederlind: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Cardinals: Tyler O’Neill: day-to-day (neck), Dylan Carlson: 10-Day IL (thumb), Drew VerHagen: 60-Day IL (hip), Steven Matz: 15-Day IL (knee), Alex Reyes: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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