The Cardinals hope to continue their dominance over the Pirates at PNC park and continue to shrink their magic number for the Central Division title.
The Pirates are 53-79 while the Redbirds are coming off a 7-2 homestand during which they extended their division lead to 10 1/2 games over the second place Cubs and cut the magic number to 19. They have won eight of their last 10 while the Pirates have lost eight of their last 10.
Albert Pujols is a .381 career hitter at Pittsburgh's PNC Park with with 21 homers in 68 games.
Matt Holliday is a .337 career hitter there with five homer runs in 22 games.
In game one, Adam Wainwright (16-7, 2.47) will try to maintain his National League leading win total in his quest for the Cy Young Award. He faces Kevin Hart (4-4, 4.34).
Although Wainwright is 3-0 there in his career, PNC isn't a park that has been particularly kind to him. He has a 5.23 ERA and allows 1.65 baserunners per inning there with 43 hits and 11 walks allowed in 32 2/3 innings.
Game two: Mitchell Boggs (2-2, 4.57) faces Russ Ohlendorf (11-9 4.17)
Game three: Joel Pineiro (14-9 3.19) vs. Paul Maholm (7-8, 4.67)