NL Central Division foes will square off on Monday night, when the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Pirates from PNC Park. The Cardinals (92-67) have split their 78 road games and have clinched the division title. On Sunday, St. Louis 1B Albert Pujols hot his 702nd career home run during a 7-5 home loss versus Pittsburgh.
Thirty-four year old righty Miles Mikolas (12-13 3.30 ERA) will take the mound for the Cardinals in this matchup. In his last start, Mikolas allowed one run and fanned nine batters during a 6-2 road victory against Milwaukee.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 14 games below .500 at home and are tied with Cincinnati for last place. During yesterday’s home victory, Pittsburgh 1B Ben Gamel evened the score in the second inning with a three-run blast. Bryan Reynolds added his 27th home run of the season for the Pirates (60-99).
Twenty-six year old righty Mitch Keller (5-12 3.92 ERA) has pitched better than his record indicates. Last time out, Keller allowed one run in five innings during a 4-1 home victory versus Cincinnati.