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Pirates Look to Earn First Home Win Against Cards

Bucs hope to get back in the win column tonight with Taillon on the mound.

April 03, 2019 - 3:01 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – After a day off on Tuesday, the Pirates are back in action tonight at PNC Park against the St. Louis in the second game of their three game home opening series. Pittsburgh (1-2) suffered a disappointing loss to the Cardinals (2-3) in its home opener Monday, after the club blew a 4-0 lead to fall 6-5 to the Red Birds in 11 innings.

On the mound tonight for the Pirates will be the club’s ace, right hander Jameson Taillon. In his first start of the year on Opening day, Taillon suffered the loss after he allowed four runs, all earned, in six innings of work in the Buccos 5-3 defeat to Cincinnati.

Taillon has a good history on the mound both in the month of April and against the Cardinals. In eight career starts against St. Louis Jameson has a record of 3-1 with a 3.42 ERA. In his 12 career starts in the opening month of the season, Taillon has a record of 4-4 with a 3.71 ERA, with 57 strikeouts and 23 walks.

Jameson has allowed just three homeruns in his career against St. Louis, which is the least he has given up against any team that he has faced more than four times.

Opposing Taillon will be 30 year-old right hander, Miles Miklos. In his first start of the season, Miklos was dealt the loss after allowing five earned runs in five innings of work while striking out just three batters and allowing one walk.

Miklos has made six career starts against the Pirates where he has gone 2-2 with an ERA of 2.67. Last season, Miklos led the MLB with a BB/9 of just 1.3. Miklos has 29 career strikeouts against the Pirates which is the most he has against any team in the major leagues.

Following the conclusion of today’s game, the Pirates will start a four game series on Thursday against the Reds, with the first two games (Thursday and Friday) starting at 7:05 and the next two (Saturday and Sunday) set the begin at 1:35 PM.