The Pittsburgh Pirates (61-79) take on the St Louis Cardinals (79-61) for three games at PNC Park this weekend. The Pirates are sending out Alex McRae today, who is replacing Joe Musgrove ( scratched due to right foot discomfort). McRae last pitched on September 1st, throwing just one inning in his final start of the Triple-A season. He allowed three runs on four hits against Louisville. He posted a 5.20 ERA in 22 starts for Indianapolis, with 101 strikeouts, a .286 BAA and a 1.50 WHIP in 114.1 innings. McRae has made one start and five relief appearances for the Pirates this season, posting a 9.98 ERA and a 2.02 WHIP in 15.1 innings.
The Cardinals are countering with right-hander Miles Mikolas, who has a 4.32 ERA in 160.1 innings, with 124 strikeouts and a 1.21 WHIP. This will be his sixth start against the Pirates. Here are the previous five results (games at PNC have an asterisk):
*April 3: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
May 11: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO
July 15: 9 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
*July 25: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO
Aug 11: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO
Here are the lineups:
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) September 6, 2019
#Cardinals Lineup 09/06/19
1. Dexter Fowler RF
2. Kolten Wong 2B
3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
4. Marcell Ozuna LF
5. Paul DeJong SS
6. Yadier Molina C
7. Tommy Edman 3B
8. Harrison Bader CF
9. Miles Mikolas P
Starting Pitcher : Miles Mikolas
— Daily MLB Lineups (@DailyMLBLineup) September 6, 2019
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