At Busch Stadium
Game time: 1:45PM ET
PIT: Gerrit Cole (1-1, 5.29 ERA)
STL: Michael Wacha (1-1, 3.00 ERA)
With suspended center fielder Starling Marte on the shelf until after the All-Star break, the Pirates will try to move on and salvage the series in Wednesday's finale against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.http://m.mlb.com/news/article/201704182 ... _pk=490321
Marte was suspended Tuesday for 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The Pirates moved Andrew McCutchen to center field as Marte's replacement, but to keep up with the Cubs and Cardinals in Marte's absence, they will need everyone to step up.
"It's always going to be difficult when you lose that type of production on the field," said Gerrit Cole, who will start Wednesday. "He's an unbelievable player."
The Cardinals, meanwhile, should get a key piece back in their lineup Wednesday afternoon. First baseman Matt Carpenter plans to play after testing his swollen right ring finger by throwing and swinging in the cage Tuesday afternoon. It was still swollen, Carpenter said, but less so than it was Monday.
"I'll just give it one more full day of rest and then be in there full go tomorrow," Carpenter said on Tuesday. "We've done some things with it to try and relieve the pressure. It's probably half the size today than it was yesterday."
Things to know about this game
• Right-hander Michael Wacha will start for the Cardinals. The average exit velocity on base hits he has allowed this season, according to Statcast, is 83.2 mph -- the lowest in baseball among the 120 pitchers who have permitted at least 10 hits. Wacha's estimated weighted on-base average (wOBA) based on rolling hit probabilities is just .262, 10th-lowest among the 127 pitchers with at least 40 at-bats.
That is 82 points lower than his actual wOBA of .344, which is the third-largest gap in the Majors behind Bronson Arroyo (.103) and Wei-Yin Chen (.092). So perhaps Wacha is due for better results going forward.
• Cole owns a 2.82 ERA in 10 regular-season starts against the Cardinals. He has pitched well at Busch Stadium, posting a 3.13 ERA while averaging more than six innings per start, but the Pirates have lost three of his five outings here.
• Wacha is 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA in 11 career games (10 starts) against the Pirates, and he has been even better (2.83 ERA) in six regular-season games (five starts) against the Bucs at Busch Stadium.
BEAT 'EM BUCS!!!