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First Pitch: Pirates and Cardinals Showing They’re Evenly Matched

First Pitch: Pirates and Cardinals Showing They’re Evenly Matched

Can you get a series more evenly matched than this one?

In game one the Cardinals blew away the Pirates, winning 9-1. The Pirates responded with their own blowout in game two, winning 7-1.

Game three was a little closer, with the Pirates edging out the Cardinals 5-3. Game four was another close game, this time featuring the Cardinals getting the edge and winning 2-1.

When you dig into the numbers, there are some things that are unfavorable for the Pirates. Starling Marte is 1-for-15 in the series, while Neil Walker is 0-for-16. But the same thing exists for the Cardinals. Matt Carpenter is 1-for-15, meaning that both leadoff hitters in this series have the same line. Jon Jay and David Freese are both 2-for-13.

The key to the Cardinals offense has been Carlos Beltran, who has a 1.197 OPS. But that's nothing compared to the 1.621 OPS from Pedro Alvarez.

Even if you go back to the regular season, it was pretty close. The Pirates won the season series 10-9. The Cardinals out...

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