The Pittsburgh Pirates finally scored some runs for A.J. Burnett in his most recent outing, and their offense seems to have turned the corner since that victory.
St. Louis' Shelby Miller could be capable of turning it right back around.
Miller looks to build on the best outing of his brief career Wednesday night while Burnett hopes for another offensive boost as he tries to earn his first home win since mid-August.
The Pirates (6-7) didn't score a run for Burnett (0-2, 3.71 ERA) in his first two starts, but they put up five for him Friday and eventually won 6-5 after the bullpen had let Burnett's 5-3 lead disappear. Burnett, who gave up three runs in six innings, has struck out 27 in 17 frames but has yet to work into the seventh.
"I need to start working deeper into games," said Burnett, pulled after 106 pitches. "I'm trying to throw nasty pitches to get strikeouts when I don't necessarily make nasty pitches and it's running up my pitch counts."
Burnett is 0-6 with a 4.07 ERA ...