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A capsule look at Pirates-Cardinals playoff series

Wednesday - 10/2/2013, 7:20pm  ET

The Associated Press

A look at the best-of-five National League division series between the Pittsburgh Pirates:

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Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Thursday, at St. Louis (5:07 p.m.); Game 2, Friday, at St. Louis (1:07 p.m.); Game 3, Sunday, at Pittsburgh (TBA); x-Game 4, Monday, Oct. 7, at Pittsburgh (TBA); x-Game 5, Wednesday, Oct. 9, at St. Louis (TBA). (All games on TBS or MLB Network).

x-if necessary.

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Season Series: Pirates 10-9.

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Projected Lineup:

Pirates: LF Starling Marte (.280, 12 HRs, 35 RBIs, 41 SBs), 2B Neil Walker (.251, 16, 53, 24 2Bs), CF Andrew McCutchen (.317, 21, 84, 27 SBs), RF Marlon Byrd (.291, 24, 88 overall; .318, 3, 17 in 30 games with the Pirates), 1B Justin Morneau (.259, 17, 77 overall; .260, 0, 3 in 25 games with the Pirates), 3B Pedro Alvarez (.233, 36, 100, 186 strikeouts), C Russell Martin (.226, 15, 55), SS Clint Barmes (.211, 5, 23).

Cardinals: 2B Matt Carpenter (.318, 11 HR, 78 RBIs, ML-leading 199 hits, 55 doubles, .392 OBP), CF Jon Jay (.276, 7, 67, 10 SB), RF Carlos Beltran (.296, 24, 84), LF Matt Holliday (.300. 22, 94, .389 OBP), C Yadier Molina (.319, 12, 80), 1B Matt Adams (.284, 17, 51 in 108 games), 3B David Freese (.262, 9, 60), SS Pete Kozma (.217, 1, 35) or Daniel Descalso (.238, 5, 43).

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Projected Rotations:

Pirates: RH A.J. Burnett (10-11, 3.30 ERA, 209 Ks in 191 IP), RH Gerrit Cole, (10-7, 3.22), LH Francisco Liriano (16-8, 3.02), RH Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.26).

Cardinals: RH Adam Wainwright (19-9, 2.94, T-1st in NL in wins, NL-leading 241 2-3 innings, 3rd with 223 Ks), RH Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97), RH Joe Kelly (10-5, 2.69), RH Shelby Miller (15-9, 3.06, led ML in rookie wins).

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Relievers:

Pirates: Pirates: RH Jason Grilli (0-2, 2.70, 33 saves/35 chances), RH Mark Melancon (3-2, 1.39, 16 saves/21 chances), LH Tony Watson (3-1, 2.39), LH Justin Wilson (6-1, 2.08), RH Vin Mazzaro (8-2, 2.81), RH Kyle Farnsworth (1-1, 1.04), Bryan Morris (5-7, 3.46), Jeanmar Gomez (3-0, 3.35).

Cardinals: RH Trevor Rosenthal (2-4, 2.74, 3/8 saves), RH Edward Mujica (2-1, 2.78, 37/41), LH Kevin Siegrist (3-1, .045, 39.2 IP, 17 hits), RH Seth Maness (5-2, 2.32, 16 GIDP in 62 IP), RH Michael Wacha (4-1, 2.78, 8 2-3-inning no-hit bid last start), RH John Axford (1-0, 1.74 in 13 games after Milwaukee trade), LH Randy Choate (2-1, 2.29 in 64 games), RH Carlos Martinez (2-1, 5.08 in 21 games), LH Sam Freeman (1-0, 2.19 in 13 games) or LH Tyler Lyons (2-4, 4.75, 8 starts) or RH Fernando Salas (0-3, 4.50).

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Matchups:

This is the first time the Pirates and Cardinals have met in the postseason ... The Cardinals swept a pivotal three-game series at Busch Stadium from Sept. 6-8 in which they outscored the Pirates 26-10. .... St. Louis was 3-7 in Pittsburgh. The Cardinals were 6-0 on final homestand and were 54-27 overall at Busch Stadium, second best home record in majors. ... St. Louis faced long odds of making it to the postseason after losing longtime ace Chris Carpenter, closer Jason Motte and shortstop Rafael Furcal to season-ending injuries before the season even started. ... The Cardinals' 97 wins is most for the franchise since 2005 team won 100. ... St. Louis' rookies had major league-high 36 wins. ... Wainwright tied Washington's Jordan Zimmermann for the NL lead with 19 wins and joined Dizzy Dean (1934-35) and Mort Cooper (1942-43) as the only St. Louis pitchers to lead the league twice. ... According to STATS, Adams is among three rookies to reach 17 homers and 50 RBIs in fewer than 300 at-bats, and he's the first to do it in the NL since the Giants' Tom Haller in 1962. ... Pittsburgh outhomered St. Louis 19-5 during the season series ... Marte hit .333 (17 of 51) with four doubles and three triples in 13 games against the Cardinals. He did not play in the late sweep by the Cardinals due to a bruised right hand ... Burnett is 1-2 with a 13.50 ERA in four career starts at Busch Stadium ... Cole went 4-2 with a 2.38 ERA in seven road starts this season. Opponents hit just .217 on the road against Cole as opposed to .274 against the 22-year-old at PNC Park ... The Pirates have just one player with a World Series ring (Burnett) while the Cardinals have over a dozen players who were part of their World Series championship team in 2011.

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