St. Louis takes 5-game losing streak into matchup with Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Pirates (28-46, fifth in the NL Central) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (36-40, fourth in the NL Central)

St. Louis; Saturday, 2:15 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: JT Brubaker (4-6, 3.77 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 72 strikeouts) Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (5-5, 3.74 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 84 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cardinals -150, Pirates +132; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: St. Louis enters the game as losers of their last five games.

The Cardinals are 13-16 against NL Central opponents. St. Louis has a team on-base percentage of .294, last in the National League. Dylan Carlson leads the club with a mark of .351.

The Pirates are 9-22 against NL Central Division teams. Pittsburgh has slugged .355, last in the MLB. Bryan Reynolds leads the club with a .535 slugging percentage, including 33 extra-base hits and 13 home runs.

The Pirates won the last meeting 5-4. Wil Crowe earned his first victory and Ke’Bryan Hayes went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Pittsburgh. Jake Woodford took his first loss for St. Louis.

TOP PERFORMERS: Nolan Arenado leads the Cardinals with 38 extra base hits and is batting .270.

Reynolds leads the Pirates with 42 RBIs and is batting .308.

LAST 10 GAMES: Cardinals: 3-7, .193 batting average, 4.33 ERA, outscored by 20 runs

Pirates: 5-5, .252 batting average, 4.24 ERA, outscored opponents by two runs

INJURIES: Cardinals: Kodi Whitley: (undisclosed), Daniel Ponce de Leon: (shoulder), Miles Mikolas: (forearm), Dakota Hudson: (right elbow), Jordan Hicks: (elbow), Jack Flaherty: (side), Harrison Bader: (rib), Max Moroff: (shoulder).

Pirates: Jose Soriano: (elbow), Luis Oviedo: (quad), Sam Howard: (knee), Blake Cederlind: (elbow), Trevor Cahill: (calf), Steven Brault: (lat strain).

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