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Probable Pitchers

Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
J.A. Happ, LHP
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The Pirates inject a new element into their recent struggles in St. Louis, with Happ kicking off a crucial series. It will be Happ’s first outing versus the Cards since June 2012, but he is 1-8 against them with a 6.79 ERA.

Carlos Martinez, RHP
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Martinez had his start pushed back a few days after experiencing some back discomfort in his last outing. He’ll be pitching on eight days' rest as a result. He allowed three runs in eight innings in an August start against Pittsburgh.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Charlie Morton, RHP
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The Pirates have lost each of the last nine starts against the Cardinals by Morton, who is 2-10 with a 5.58 ERA lifetime against them. Yet -- Morton pitched one-hit ball through seven shutout innings in his last Busch Stadium start, on July 7, 2014.

Jaime Garcia, LHP
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Garcia has finished at least six innings in 13 of his 14 starts this year and has won his last four decisions. He has given up four earned runs in a start just once, that being his most recent. Garcia has not faced the Pirates this season.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Gerrit Cole, RHP
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Cole has been looking forward to this start since leaving his last outing after allowing five runs in four innings, eager to fix what went wrong. His pitches lost movement, not speed. He is 0-3 in three Busch Stadium starts, one this season.

John Lackey, RHP
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Lackey continues to be the workhorse of the rotation, as he has made 15 consecutive starts of at least six innings. He’s allowed more than three earned runs in just one of those. He allowed one run in each of his two season starts against the Bucs.

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Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Dan Haren, RHP
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Haren served up a home run for the ninth straight game last time out and ranks among the NL leaders in home runs allowed (30). As long as they're solo shots, he can deal with it. Said Haren: "I'm going to give up home runs. I pitch to contact."

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