Only one change in the lineups for either team today, and that's Jordy Mercer replacing Clint Barmes at shortstop and batting eighth. Thoughts below:

Pirates

1. Starling Marte, LF

2. Neil Walker, 2B

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Justin Morneau, 1B

5. Marlon Byrd, RF

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Russell Martin, C

8. Jordy Mercer, SS

9. Gerrit Cole, SP

Cardinals

1. Matt Carpenter, 2B

2. Carlos Beltran, RF

3. Matt Holliday, LF

4. Matt Adams, 1B

5. Yadier Molina, C

6. Jon Jay, CF

7. David Freese, 3B

8. Daniel Descalso, SS

9. Lance Lynn, SP

Clint Hurdle on Jordy Mercer getting the start: "Jordy has some at-bats against Lynn and try to get maybe another little offensive bat in the lineup, so that's the reason [he's starting]."...

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