The Lineup: Alex Presley LF, Jose Tabata RF, Andrew McCutchen CF, Garrett Jones 1B, Neil Walker 2B, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Clint Barmes SS, Rod Barajas C, Charlie Morton P.
- The Pirate pitching staff ended April with a 2.78 ERA, their best mark in twenty years. Last April 30th, the team ERA was 3.72.
- Pedro Alvarez now has nine extra base hits in his first 18 games after collecting a total of just 14 in 74 games last year.
- Pittsburgh begins a stretch of six straight and nine of 12 games against the NL Central. The Bucs have played 3 division games; the Cards already have 21.
- The Pirates have lost the first game in six of their first seven series.
- Today is pitching coach Ray Searage's 57th birthday.
- The Bucs-Cards are Fangraph's Daily Notes featured game, under the post "It Feels Wrong, But It's So Wainwright," written by Carson Cistulli.