The Pirates open up the NLDS on the road against the St. Louis Cardinals today. The opening matchup features the Cardinals ace, Adam Wainwright, and the leader of the Pirates staff and number two ace, A.J. Burnett. When you look at the roles on their respective teams, Wainwright and Burnett match up well. When you look at the numbers against their NLDS opponents, the numbers favor Wainwright, especially at Busch stadium. A big question today is whether Burnett can have success in St. Louis.
A.J. Burnett has struggled at Busch Stadium the last two years. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
2013 Stats at Busch: 8.10 ERA, 14:5 K/BB in 13.1 IP
2013 Stats vs Cardinals: 3.67 ERA, 37:9 K/BB in 34.1 IP
2012-13 Stats at Busch: 13.50 ERA, 16:6 K/BB in 16.0 IP
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