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Probable Pitchers

Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Charlie Morton, RHP
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The Pirates have lost each of the last nine starts against the Cardinals by Morton, who is 2-10 with a 5.58 ERA lifetime against them. Yet -- Morton pitched one-hit ball through seven shutout innings in his last Busch Stadium start, on July 7, 2014.

Jaime Garcia, LHP
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Garcia has finished at least six innings in 13 of his 14 starts this year and has won his last four decisions. He has given up four earned runs in a start just once, that being his most recent. Garcia has not faced the Pirates this season.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Gerrit Cole, RHP
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Cole has been looking forward to this start since leaving his last outing after allowing five runs in four innings, eager to fix what went wrong. His pitches lost movement, not speed. He is 0-3 in three Busch Stadium starts, one this season.

John Lackey, RHP
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Lackey continues to be the workhorse of the rotation, as he has made 15 consecutive starts of at least six innings. He’s allowed more than three earned runs in just one of those. He allowed one run in each of his two season starts against the Bucs.

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Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Dan Haren, RHP
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Haren served up a home run for the ninth straight game last time out and ranks among the NL leaders in home runs allowed (30). As long as they're solo shots, he can deal with it. Said Haren: "I'm going to give up home runs. I pitch to contact."

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Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Jason Hammel, RHP
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Hammel was unable to celebrate his 33rd birthday with a win. The righty did not get a decision in the Cubs' 7-4 loss to the Reds. He has a 5.63 ERA in his last eight starts, and he has not thrown at least six innings in nine of his last 10 outings.

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Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Jon Lester, LHP
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Lester tossed his shortest outing since June 25 after he threw five innings his last time out, but he received more than enough offensive support. He was back to fine form, allowing two runs or fewer for the seventh time in his past nine starts.

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