St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates
Friday, May 9, 7:05 PM EDT , PNC Park
Michael Wacha, RHP
42.1 IP, 2-3, 2.55 ERA,1.16 WHIP
The Cardinals have lost Wacha's last four starts, though that's mostly due to run support. Wacha has allowed eight earned runs in those 23 1/3 innings. His last start in Pittsburgh was a gem, as Wacha dominated the Bucs in a Division Series game.
Francisco Liriano, LHP
37.2 IP, 0-3, 4.54 ERA, 1.41 WHIP
Liriano makes his eighth start, still looking for his first win. Getting it would put him on his 16-win schedule of 2013, when he didn't get No. 1 until May 11 after starting the season on the DL with a right arm fracture.
Saturday, May 10, 7:05 PM EDT , PNC Park
Lance Lynn, RHP
41.0 IP, 4-1, 3.51 ERA, 1.24 WHIP
This will be Lynn's fourth try at win No. 5 and his first outing against the Pirates this season. Lynn has had trouble harnessing the movement on his pitches recently, which has led to 14 walks in his last 30 innings pitched.
Edinson Volquez, RHP
38.2 IP, 1-3, 4.19 ERA, 1.14 WHIP
Volquez will try to brake a skid in which he has allowed 12 runs in 11 2/3 innings in his last two starts -- after giving up a total of six in the first five. Little of his success against NL Central teams (23-10) has come against St. Louis (3-6).
Sunday, May 11, 8:05 PM EDT , PNC Park
Shelby Miller, RHP
39.1 IP, 4-2, 3.20 ERA, 1.47 WHIP
Miller has won four straight decisions, though he has not yet pitched into the seventh or eclipsed 100 pitches. Walks continue to pester him (23 in 39.1 innings), though he's shown an ability to evade trouble while pitching without sharp command.
Charlie Morton, RHP
44.1 IP, 0-4, 3.45 ERA, 1.26 WHIP
Morton tries to end a streak of 12 straight winless starts, including the last one, when he allowed only one unearned run in eight innings. He dropped both of his decisions vs. St. Louis last season, bringing his career record vs. Cards to 2-9.