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Today’s Starting Lineups: StL @ Pit (08.29.12)

Game Time: 6:05 pm central

National Television: ESPN

Local Television: Fox Sports Midwest

Local Radio: KMOX (AM 1120)

 

St. Louis Cardinals 71-58 – Differential: +118 (Rank: 1st) – Streak: L1 – 7.0 GB, 2.0 WCGA

Jay CF – 5 for 13 (.385 BA / .538 SLG) with 2 doubles career vs. Rodriguez; has reached base safely in a career-high 26 consecutive games

Beltran RF – 8 for 20 (.400 BA / .950 SLG) with 3 HR career vs. Rodriguez

Holliday LF – 10 for 35 (.286 BA / .657 SLG) with 3 HR career vs. Rodriguez; 1 hit away from 1,500 for his career

Craig 1B – .360 BA / .610 SLG in 25 games in August this season

Freese 3B – 2 for 14 (.143 BA / .214 SLG) with 1 double career vs. Rodriguez

Schumaker 2B – 6 for 25 (.240 BA / .240 OBP) career vs. Rodriguez

Cruz C – .188 BA / .219 SLG in 32 AB this season vs. LHP (.271 BA / .429 SLG in 70 AB vs. RHP)

Furcal SS – 4 for 15 (.267 BA / .450 OBP) with 1 triple career vs. Rodriguez

Kelly P – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K in his only career appearance vs. Pit (Aug 19; 19-inning game)

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 69-60 – Differential: +19 (Rank: 16th) – Streak: W1 – 9.0 GB, 2.0 WCGB

Tabata LF – .286 BA / .375 OBP in 9 games since the 2012 All-Star break (.230 BA / .295 OBP in 72 games before the All-Star break)

Snider RF – .316 BA / .519 SLG in 24 night games this season (.216 BA / .324 SLG in 13 day games)

McCutchen CF – fourth-best WAR (5.9) among hitters in the MLB

Jones 1B – .326 BA / .607 SLG in 26 games in August this season, his best BA and SLG in a month this season

Alvarez 3B – had his third 2-HR game of the season yesterday (Pirates are 17-5 this season when Alvarez homers)

Harrison 2B – 4 for 10 (.400 BA / .417 OBP) over his last 10 games after having only 3 hits in his previous 27 AB (.111 BA / .167 OBP)

Barajas C – hitting .174 BA / .297 SLG since hitting .302 BA / .556 SLG in May 2012

Barmes SS – .208 BA / .227 OBP in 289 AB vs. RHP this season (.277 BA / .326 OBP vs. LHP)

Rodriguez P – losing pitcher in 7 of his last 9 starts; received winning decision in the 19-inning game vs. StL on Aug 19 (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K)

 

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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