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Probable Pitchers

St. Louis Cardinals @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, Williamsport Little League Classic
Mike Leake, RHP
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Leake will be looking to get back on track when he starts the Little League Classic game. He's pitched beyond the fifth in just two of his last eight starts, and has an 8.80 ERA in three starts this month. Leake, though, insists he's fine physically.

Ivan Nova, RHP
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Nova had his best start in months Tuesday vs. the Brewers, allowing one earned run on four hits over six innings. He entered with a 6.67 ERA in five outings since the All-Star break. The Pirates need the first-half version of Nova down the stretch.

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San Diego Padres @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Clayton Richard, LHP
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The veteran left-hander tossed his third career complete game Wednesday against the Phillies, recording 18 groundouts in the process. His 59 percent ground-ball rate is tops in the National League.

Lance Lynn, RHP
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Lynn has been the team’s most reliable arm as of late, and he’ll enter the start with a 1.65 ERA in nine starts since the beginning of July. Lynn has allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of those outings.

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San Diego Padres @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Jhoulys Chacin, RHP
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Chacin’s ERA has dipped below 4.00 for the first time this year. Not bad, after the veteran right-hander saw it balloon to 5.77 by the end of May. He’s posted a 2.76 ERA since and has stifled the Dodgers and Nats in consecutive starts.

Luke Weaver, RHP
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Weaver is taking Adam Wainwright’s place in the rotation. In two Major League starts this year, Weaver has allowed six runs and 10 hits in 11 1/3 innings. He’s walked four and struck out 13 while showing more conviction with his pitches.

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San Diego Padres @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Luis Perdomo, RHP
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Carlos Martinez, RHP
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Most of Martinez’s troubles have come in the first inning, where he has a 6.84 ERA and six home runs allowed. He’s gotten sharper and stronger the deeper he’s gone, and he’s finished at least six innings in six of his past seven starts.

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