Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 4/15/13
Cardinals (7-5) at Pirates (6-6) 7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh MLB.com Gameday TV: ROOT We’re only twelve games in to the year, of course, but hey – there’s a top-tier NL Central showdown this week at PNC! The Cardinals sit in first place and the Bucs are a game behind in second. St. Louis has not changed a whole lot from its Wild Card team last season and is off to a pretty strong start. Before blowing a game late yesterday against the Brewers, they had thrown 39 consecutive scoreless innings. The Cards should certainly be contenders again, so this is another difficult series for the Pirates–although it’s another chance to make a statement. It’s a good thing the Bucs have some good momentum coming in to the week. Some quick news bits: Today is Jackie Robinson Day, so all the players will be wearing #42 tonight. Alex Presley was called up to replace Phil Irwin. Tonight’s starters… Lance Lynn (1-0, 4.50) vs. James McDonald (1-1, 3.75)  Lynn won 18 games for the Cards last season but dropped off quite a bit after a great start to the year. He’s 2-1 against the Bucs in his career despite a 4.44 ERA. So far this season he has allowed 5 runs in 10 innings over 2 starts. J-Mac has to be happy to see the Cardinals in town. During his miserable collapse in the second half of last season, he still managed to make two excellent starts against St. Louis (zero earned runs both times). James had a horrible first inning in his last start against Arizona, but got things together after that. You never know what you’re going to get with McDonald, but so far so good this season. Bucs vs. Lynn: Not a whole lot of data. Pedro hit a grand slam off him last year. Cards vs. J-Mac: James has been solid vs. St Louis but needs to be careful with Craig and Molina LINEUPS: The #Pirates lineup for tonight’s game: twitter.com/Pirates/status… — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 15, 2013 #Cardinals lineup 4/15 at #Pirates: Jay 8 Carpenter 4 Holliday 7 Craig 3 Beltran 9 Molina 2 Freese 5 Kozma 6 Lynn 1 — Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) April 15, 2013 GO BUCS!
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