Pirates skid down the road to confront the Cardinals

Pittsburgh Pirates (59-98, fifth in NL Central) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (91-66, first in NL Central)

Saint Louis; Saturday, 7:15 p.m. EDT

LIKELY PITCHING: Pirates: Luis Ortiz (0-1, 1.17 ERA, .78 WHIP, 17 strikeouts); Cardinals: Jordan Montgomery (8-6, 3.50 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 153 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK RANGE: Cardinals -251, Pirates +206; over/under is 7 points

BOTTOM LINE: The Pittsburgh Pirates travel to the St. Louis Cardinals in an effort to end a seven-game road skid.

St. Louis is 91-66 overall and 52-27 in home games. The Cardinals hit 194 total home runs to rank seventh in the majors.

Pittsburgh is 27-52 on the road and 59-98 overall. The Pirates are 40-14 in games as they have scored at least five points.

The teams are playing Saturday for the 15th time this season. The Cardinals have an 11-3 lead in the season series.

TOP PERFORMERS: Nolan Arenado has 41 doubles, one triple, 30 home runs and 101 RBIs while hitting .293 for the Cardinals. Paul Goldschmidt is 9 for 33 with two doubles in the last 10 games.

Bryan Reynolds has 17 doubles, four triples and 26 homers for the Pirates. Oneil Cruz is 10 for 35 with two doubles in the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Cardinals: 4-6, .202 batting average, 3.07 ERA, led by three runs

Pirates: 4-6, .225 batting average, 4.70 ERA, outscored by six runs

INJURIES: Cardinals: Jordan Hicks: IL 15 days (neck), Tyler O’Neill: IL 10 days (hamstring), Drew VerHagen: IL 60 days (hip), Alex Reyes: IL 60 days (shoulder)

Pirates: Tyler Heineman: 7 days IL (concussion), Eric Stout: 15 days IL (undisclosed), JT Brubaker: 15 days IL (lat), Colin Holderman: 60 days IL (shoulder), Yerry De Los Santos: 60 days IL (lat), Max Kranick: 60 day IL (elbow), Canaan Smith-Njigba: 60 day IL (wrist), Roberto Perez: 60 day IL (hamstring), Blake Cederlind: 60 day IL (elbow)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

This story was originally published October 1, 2022 12:02 a.m.

Naomi C. Amerson