The Chicago Cubs have run away with the NL Central, which means the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals have to chase a wild card spot if they want to make the playoffs. The two teams meet in the final of a three-game series on Wednesday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
[alert-success]A pair of young pitchers will be on the mound. The Cardinals will send out 22-year-old Alex Reyes, who’s coming off a no-decision in his second career start. The Pirates will give the ball to 24-year-old Jameson Taillon, who pitched well in his last outing, but didn't get any run support. Both of these hurlers will be facing the opposing team for the first time in their careers. Get your baseball odds at Bovada today.[/alert-success]
The Cardinals will go with Alex Reyes (1-0, 1.35 ERA), who took a no-decision in a 3-2 loss in Cincinnati. Reyes went six innings in his second major-league start, allowing a pair of runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. On the road this season, Reyes is 1-0 in four games (one start) with a 1.50 ERA. This will be the first time the 22-year-old righthander faces the Pirates in his career.
The Pirates counter with Jameson Taillon (3-4, 3.25 ERA), who was unlucky to take the loss in his last outing when his team fell 1-0 at home to Milwaukee. Taillon went six innings, giving up a run on three hits with four strikeouts and no walks. So far, Taillon is 1-2 in eight home starts this season with an ERA of 2.70. This is the first time that he’ll face the Cardinals.