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Pittsburgh Pirates 65-53 – Differential: +18 (Rank: 16th) – Streak: W1 – 6.0 GB, 1.0 WCGA

Marte LF – has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games

Snider RF – since being traded from Tor to Pit: 16 games and .333 BA / .370 OBP

McCutchen CF – 6 for 16 (.375 BA / .444 OBP) with 1 double career vs. Westbrook

Jones 1B – 7 extra-base hits over his last 7 games; 2 for 13 (.154 BA / .353 OBP) career vs. Westbrook

McKenry C – 1 for 6 (.167 BA / .667 SLG) with 1 HR career vs. Westbrook

Alvarez 3B – 6 for 13 (.462 BA / .500 OBP) with 1 HR career vs. Westbrook

Barmes SS – 5 for 16(.313 BA / .313 OBP) with 1 double career vs. Westbrook

Mercer 2B – 22 career games played (all in 2012): .171 BA / .205 OBP / .366 SLG (1 hit in 9 road AB)

McDonald P – has given up 5+ ER in 4 of his last 5 starts (did not give up 5+ ER in any of his first 18 starts this season)

 

St. Louis Cardinals 64-54 – Differential: +109 (Rank: 1st) – Streak: L1 – 7.0 GB, 1.0 WCGB

Jay CF – currently on 15-game on-base streak (career-high 18-game on-base streak earlier this season)

Craig 1B – 3 for 8 (.375 BA / .875 SLG) with 1 HR career vs. McDonald; currently on 6-game hitting streak (career-high 7-game hitting streak in 2011)

Holliday LF – 2 for 9 (.222 BA / .300 OBP) with 3 K career vs. McDonald

Beltran RF – 3 for 12 (.250 BA / .357 OBP) career vs. McDonald

Freese 3B – 3 hits, including 1 HR, in his last 2 games (.375 BA) after going 0-for-17 in his previous 6 games

Descalso 2B – 3 hits in his last 30 AB (.100 BA)

Cruz C – at least 1 hit in each of his last 8 starts

Furcal SS – 3 for 6 (.500 BA / .667 SLG) with 1 double career vs. McDonald

Westbrook P – 1-5 record, 5.18 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 48.2 career IP vs. Pit

 

Notes:

-Differential = Run Differential

-Run differential rank among all 30 MLB teams and as of the beginning of MLB games today

-Games behind (GB) & games ahead (GA) for each team as of the beginning of MLB games today

 

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