Lynn has won three of his last four outings, but the last one, against the Brewers, was rough. He stranded 10 runners over six innings and still not only got the win, but a shutout. He's faced the Bucs twice this year, getting a no-decision in a 2-1 Card win and taking a 5-2 loss in July, and overall is 5-4/4.74. The game begins at 7:15 and will be on the MLB Network, Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.
Starling is out; guess his hand is a little more achy than the club is letting on. Also, A-Ram gets a seat, so both Ishy and S-Rod are starting in a the showdown against the division leaders.
- Gregory Polanco is 9-for-12 in his last three games against the Cardinals.
- Antonio Bastardo has allowed just two hits in 28 at bats (.071) in his last 10 appearances.
- Break out the bats: Since the All-Star break, the Pirates rank second among NL teams in OPS (.767), third in batting average (.269) and OBP (.328), fourth in slugging percentage (.439) and tied for fourth in home runs (26).
- Josh and Jordy should be back in the Indy lineup tonight on their rehab tour..