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Bucs Wrap Up Homestand, Series Against Cardinals

Pirates take on Red Birds at 1:35 PM

August 05, 2018 - 12:21 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – As they wrap up a nine game homestand that began on July 26, the Pirates will look to leave town tomorrow on a high note as they take on St. Louis today at PNC Park. Pittsburgh (57-54) fell in last nights contest by a final score of 8-4 to the Cardinals (57-54). Both teams enter Sunday 4.0 games back of the second National League wild card spot and share possession of third place in the NL central division.

On the mound this afternoon for the Bucs will be right hander, Trevor Williams. In 21 starts this season, Williams has gone 9-7 with a 3.89 ERA. As of late, it is harder to find a guy who is throwing the ball better than Williams, who enters Sunday having pitched 17.0 consecutive scoreless innings. Williams was excellent in his last time out, earning his ninth win of the season over Mets ace and NL cy young favorite, Jacob deGrom after throwing 6.0 shutout innings in the Bucs 5-0 victory on July 28. In nine career appearances against the Cardinals, six starts, Williams has a 2-3 record with a 7.44 ERA.

Opposing Williams will be 22 year-old right hander, Jack Flaherty. In 17 starts this season for the Red Birds, Flaherty has gone 4-6 with a 3.49 ERA. Flaherty is a very familiar foe for Williams, as this marks the fourth time that the two will face off against one another this season. Both Williams and Flaherty have a record of 1-1 with a no decision in the three matchups so far. Flaherty is coming off a rough outing, where he was dealt his sixth loss of the season after allowing four earned runs off of five hits in 5.1 innings pitched in the Cardinals 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies on July 31. Flaherty has allowed seven earned runs in the 16.0 innings (3.94 ERA) he has pitched against the Bucs in his short major league career.

Following the game today, the Pirates will head west for a 10-day, nine-game road trip to Denver, San Francisco and Minneapolis. The Bucs will face the Rockies for three games, the Giants for four games and then will wrap things up playing the Twins twice.