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Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications. Graphs are courtesy of Brooks Baseball and The Hardball Times , unless otherwise specified. Statistics are courtesy of FanGraphs .
Sunday, 2:15 PM – Jaime Garcia
Garcia will be returning from the disabled list and making his first start since June 5th when he went down with a minor shoulder injury. He throws his fastball in the upper 80s, averaging 88.3 MPH this year. He also uses a cutter about 25% of the time, averaging 85.4 MPH. He throws a changeup as his third pitch, averaging 81.6 MPH, and a curve about 10% of the time, averaging 74.2 MPH. In his career against the Pirates, Garcia has a 1.08 ERA in 16.2 innings over four appearances, with two starts. He has a 14:6 K/BB ratio in that time.
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In Friday night’s Pittsburgh win over St. Louis, an oddity occurred. The Bucs scored two runs and won the game despite not having a run batted in.
Starter Jake Westbrook and reserve catcher Tony Cruz, covering for injured Yadier Molina, were obviously having trouble getting on the same page. Pittsburgh plated two in the fourth inning on what was scored a wild pitch and a passed...
ST. LOUIS -- Barrett Browning sat in front of his locker with an ice pack on his left shoulder and elbow. He sat alone, watching motionless as the seconds slowly tick off the timer in his right hand that would allow him to remove the ice and go home.
The time couldn't pass quick enough.
The final pitcher left in the Cardinals bullpen, Browning entered in the top of the 19th...
The Pirates and Cardinals played a marathon game yesterday. 19 innings that saw 47 lineup changes, 16 different pitchers and 12,000 fans at Busch Stadium leaving simply because the beer cutoff was in the 7th inning. ”This is baseball sober? Damn, I’d prefer a third divorce.” Tim Kurkjian’s voice is cracking at the sheer craziness of the game. Can you believe this...
ST. LOUIS Two days after giving up a pair of ninth inning home runs in a devastating 2-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Jason Motte took to the mound Saturday for his next save chance.
But in a game the Cardinals desperately needed as they look to track down the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Wild Card chase, Motte loaded the bases with no outs and the home team clinging to a 5-3...
The St. Louis Cardinals have spent seemingly endless weeks playing inconsistent baseball that keeps the team from moving out of its third-place slot in the National League Central Division. The next two weeks will likely decide whether or not that is where they finish the season.
Following their weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates and a day off Monday, the Cardinals embark...
St. Louis Cardinals weekly chat on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.
Late Friday afternoon, I joined Ken Miller and Jim Brinson on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines in our regular series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, “Cardinal Talk.” This week, we discussed the Cardinals upcoming NL Central battle with the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates
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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Yadier Molina had three hits and two RBIs in his return to the lineup, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a big 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
St. Louis bounced back from Friday night's 2-1 loss in the series opener and pulled within a game of Pittsburgh for the second NL wild-card spot. Jaime Garcia is expected to come off the disabled...
Yadier Molina had three hits and two RBIs in his return to the lineup, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a big 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
St. Louis bounced back from Friday night's 2-1 loss in the series opener and pulled within a game of Pittsburgh for the second NL wild-card spot. Jaime Garcia is expected to come off the disabled list to start Sunday...
The St. Louis Cardinals lost to visiting Pittsburgh, scoring just one run for the second straight night.
Monster series going on this weekend in St. Louis as the Pirates try to fend off the Cardinals who are gunning to take their wild card spot. Right now the Braves have a strong four game hold on the first wild card spot, and the Pirates are holding off the Giants and Cardinals by one game. The Bucs didn't help their chances by dropping three of four to the Dodgers, but they can...
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- James McDonald halted a string of ineffective starts with six innings of two-hit ball, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 Friday night in a matchup of NL Central playoff contenders.
Andrew McCutchen singled and scored on a passed ball in a two-run fourth for the Pirates, who also scored on a wild pitch that inning. Pittsburgh totaled...
(AP) -- Playing one of their most important late-summer series in years, the Pirates gained a crucial game on the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener and hope to extend their lead in the NL wild-card standings when the teams continue their three-game set in St. Louis on Saturday.
In contention this late in August for the first time in 15 years, the Pirates handled the pressure on...
Pirates (65-53) at Cardinals (64-52)
8:15 PM EST–Busch Stadium, St. Louis
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It’s a big showdown in St. Louis this weekend, as the Bucs take on the Cardinals in a crucial series for the NL Wild Card race. The Pirates enter the weekend with a 1-game edge on the Cards (and Giants) for the final playoff spot, and both teams are of course...