Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 5/2/12

Pirates (10-13) at Cardinals (15-8)

8:15 PM EST–Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Here is the MLB.com Gameday

TV: ROOT Sports

The Pirates will need to be a lot better on the mound and in the field if they want to turn this series around and defeat the first-place Cardinals. St. Louis leads the Central and currently holds a 5-game advantage over the Bucs, so it’s crucial for them to at least split these remaining two games.

Tonight’s lineup:

Tonight’s lineup. twitter.com/Pirates/status…

— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 2, 2012

Andrew McCutchen isn’t in the lineup for the first time this year (just a night off, no injury or anything that we know of). Pedro Alvarez moves up to the 5-spot.

Tonight’s starters…

A.J. Burnett (1-1, 1.38) vs. Lance Lynn (4-0, 1.33)

Burnett has been awesome in his first two starts as a Pirate. He allowed a few runs last time out against the Braves and didn’t have pinpoint control, but still managed to be very effective and racked up eight strikeouts. In his first start against these Cardinals, he was dominant. (Photo: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE)

Lynn wasn’t even supposed to be in the Cardinal rotation to start the year, but he ended up there with an injury and probably won’t be going anywhere if he keeps pitching like he has. The righty is off to an unbelievable start to the year, and defeated the Pirates with relative ease last week despite Alex Presley‘s leadoff inside the park HR.

Cardinals vs. Burnett:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Rafael Furcal 40 34 11 0 0 0 1 4 5 .324 .410 .324 .734 Carlos Beltran 26 24 6 0 0 0 3 2 6 .250 .308 .250 .558 Yadier Molina 9 8 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 .125 .222 .125 .347 Matt Holliday 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 .000 .167 .000 .167 Matt Carpenter 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333 Daniel Descalso 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 David Freese 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Shane Robinson 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Jake Westbrook 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Total 94 84 21 0 0 0 5 8 20 .250 .323 .250 .573 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/2/2012.

Pirates vs. Lynn

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Clint Barmes 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400 Garrett Jones 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500 Andrew McCutchen 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Neil Walker 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .500 .000 .500 Alex Presley 3 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .333 .333 1.333 1.667 Jose Tabata 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333 Pedro Alvarez 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Rod Barajas 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Casey McGehee 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 Charlie Morton 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Yamaico Navarro 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Total 31 29 6 0 0 1 1 2 6 .207 .258 .310 .568 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/2/2012.

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