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Thursday, October 03, 2013 12:16 AM

Associated Press

A look at the best-of-5 National League division series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals:

Schedule: Game 1, today, at St. Louis (5:07 p.m.); Game 2, Friday, at St. Louis (1:07 p.m.); Game 3, Sunday, at Pittsburgh (TBA); x-Game 4, Monday, Oct. 7, at Pittsburgh (TBA); x-Game 5, Wednesday, Oct. 9, at St. Louis (TBA). (All games on TBS or MLB Network).

x-if necessary.

Season Series: Pirates 10-9.

Projected Lineup:

Pirates: LF Starling Marte (.280, 12 HRs, 35 RBIs, 41 SBs), 2B Neil Walker (.251, 16, 53, 24 2Bs), CF Andrew McCutchen (.317, 21, 84, 27 SBs), RF Marlon Byrd (.291, 24, 88 overall; .318, 3, 17 in 30 games with the Pirates), 1B Justin Morneau (.259, 17, 77 overall; .260, 0, 3 in 25 games with the Pirates), 3B Pedro Alvarez (.233, 36, 100, 186 strikeouts), C Russell Martin (.226, 15, 55), SS Clint Barmes (.211, 5, 23).

Cardinals: 2B Matt Carpenter (.318, 11 HR, 78 RBIs, ML-leading 199 hits, 55 doubles, .392 OBP), CF Jon Jay (.276, 7, 67, 10 SB), RF Carlos Beltran (.296, 24, 84), LF Matt Holliday (.300. 22, 94, .389 OBP), C Yadier Molina (.319, 12, 80), 1B Matt Adams (.284, 17, 51 in 108 games), 3B David Freese (.262, 9, 60), SS Pete Kozma (.217, 1, 35) or Daniel Descalso (.238, 5, 43).

Projected Rotations:

Pirates: RH A.J. Burnett (10-11, 3.30 ERA, 209 Ks in 191 IP), RH Gerrit Cole, (10-7, 3.22), LH Francisco Liriano (16-8, 3.02), RH Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.26).

Cardinals: RH Adam Wainwright (19-9, 2.94, T-1st in NL in wins, NL-leading 241 2-3 innings, 3rd with 223 Ks), RH Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97), RH Joe Kelly (10-5, 2.69), RH Shelby Miller (15-9, 3.06, led ML in rookie wins).

Relievers:

Pirates: Pirates: RH Jason Grilli (0-2, 2.70, 33 saves/35 chances), RH Mark Melancon (3-2, 1.39, 16 saves/21 chances), LH Tony Watson (3-1, 2.39), LH Justin Wilson (6-1, 2.08), RH Vin Mazzaro (8-2, 2.81), RH Kyle Farnsworth (1-1, 1.04), Bryan Morris (5-7, 3.46), Jeanmar Gomez (3-0, 3.35).

Cardinals: RH Trevor Rosenthal (2-4, 2.74, 3/8 saves), RH Edward Mujica (2-1, 2.78, 37/41), LH Kevin Siegrist (3-1, .045, 39.2 IP, 17 hits), RH Seth Maness (5-2, 2.32, 16 GIDP in 62 IP), RH Michael Wacha (4-1, 2.78, 8 2-3-inning no-hit bid last start), RH John Axford (1-0, 1.74 in 13 games after Milwaukee trade), LH Randy Choate (2-1, 2.29 in 64 games), RH Carlos Martinez (2-1, 5.08 in 21 games), LH Sam Freeman (1-0, 2.19 in 13 games) or LH Tyler Lyons (2-4, 4.75, 8 starts) or RH Fernando Salas (0-3, 4.50).

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Dodgers-Braves

Schedule:

Game 1, Today, at Atlanta (8:37 p.m.); Game 2, Friday, at Atlanta (6:07 p.m.); Game 3, Sunday, at Los Angeles (TBA); x-Game 4, Monday, at Los Angeles (TBA); x-Game 5, Wednesday, at Atlanta (TBA). (All games on TBS or MLB Network)

x-if necessary.

Season Series: Braves won 5-2.

Projected Lineups:

Dodgers: RF Yasiel Puig (.319, 19 HRs, 42 RBIs, 11 SBs), LF Carl Crawford (.283, 6, 31, 15), SS Hanley Ramirez (.345, 20, 57, 10), 1B Adrian Gonzalez (.293, 22, 100), 2B Mark Ellis (.270, 6, 48), 3B Juan Uribe (.278, 12, 50), CF Skip Schumaker (.263, 2, 30), C A.J. Ellis (.238, 10, 52).

Braves: CF Jason Heyward (.254, 14 HRs, 38 RBIs), RF Justin Upton (.263, 27, 70, 161 Ks), 1B Freddie Freeman (.319, 23, 109, .396 on-base average), LF Evan Gattis (.243, 21, 65), C Brian McCann (.256, 20, 57), 3b Chris Johnson (.321, 12, 68), SS Andrelton Simmons (.248, 17, 59), 2B Elliot Johnson (.209, 2, 19 with Braves and Royals).

Projected Rotations:

Dodgers: LH Clayton Kershaw (16-9, 1.83 ERA), RH Zack Greinke (15-4, 2.63), LH Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-8, 3.00), RH Ricky Nolasco (8-3, 3.52).

Braves: RH Kris Medlen (15-12, 3.11 ERA), LH Mike Minor (13-9, 3.21), RH Julio Teheran (14-8, 3.20), LH Paul Maholm (10-11, 4.41) or RH Freddy Garcia (4-7, 4.37 with Orioles and Braves).

Relievers:

Dodgers: RH Kenley Jansen (4-3, 1.88, 28/32 saves), RH Ronald Belisario (5-7, 3.97, 1/5), LH Chris Capuano (4-7, 4.26, 20 starts), RH Carlos Marmol (0-0, 2.53, 21 games with Dodgers), RH Brian Wilson (2-1, 0.66), LH J.P. Howell (4-1, 2.03), LH Paco Rodriguez (3-4, 2.32, 2/5), RH Brandon League (6-4, 5.30 14/19).

Braves: RH Craig Kimbrel (4-3, 1.21, 50/54 Saves, 98 Ks in 67 IP), LH Luis Avilan (5-0, 1.52), RH David Carpenter (4-1, 1.78, 74 Ks in 65 2-3 IP), LH Scott Downs (4-4, 2.49 with Angels and Braves), LH Alex Wood (3-3, 3.13), RH Jordan Walden (4-3, 3.45), RH Anthony Varvaro (3-1, 2.82).

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Tigers-Athletics

Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Friday, at Oakland (9:37 p.m.); Game 2, Saturday, at Oakland (9:07 p.m.); Game 3, Monday, Oct. 7, at Detroit (TBA); x-Game 4, Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Detroit (TBA); x-Game 5, Thursday, Oct. 10, at Oakland (TBA). (All games on TBS or MLB Network).

x-if necessary.

Season Series: Athletics won 4-3.

Projected Lineups:

Tigers: CF Austin Jackson (.272, 12 HRs, 49 RBIs), RF Torii Hunter (.304, 17, 84), 3B Miguel Cabrera (MLB-leading .348, 44, 137), 1B Prince Fielder (.279, 25, 106), DH Victor Martinez (.301, 14, 83), LF Jhonny Peralta (.303, 11, 55), 2B Omar Infante (.318, 10, 51), C Alex Avila (.227, 11, 47), SS Jose Iglesias (.303, 3, 29 with Boston and Detroit).

Athletics: CF Coco Crisp (.261, 22, 66, 21 SBs), 3B Josh Donaldson (.301, 24, 93, 37 2Bs), SS Jed Lowrie (.290, 15, 75, 45 2Bs), DH or LF Brandon Moss (.256, 30, 87), LF or DH Yoenis Cespedes (.240, 26, 80), RF Josh Reddick (.226, 12, 56), C Stephen Vogt (.252, 4, 16) or Derek Norris (.246, 9, 30), 1B Daric Barton (.269, 3, 16), 2B Eric Sogard (.266, 2, 35).

Projected Rotations:

Tigers: RH Max Scherzer (21-3, 2.90, 240 Ks), RH Justin Verlander (13-12, 3.46 ERA), RH Anibal Sanchez (14-8, AL-best 2.57), RH Doug Fister (14-9, 3.67).

Athletics: RH Bartolo Colon (18-6, 2.65, 4.03 K/BB ratio), RH Sonny Gray (5-3, 2.67), RH Jarrod Parker (12-8, 3.97, 25 HRs allowed), RH Dan Straily (10-8, 3.96, 124 Ks).

Relievers:

Tigers: RH Joaquin Benoit (4-1, 2.01, 24/26 saves), LH Drew Smyly (6-0, 2.37), RH Jose Veras (0-5, 3.02, 21/25 saves with Houston and Detroit), RH Rick Porcello (13-8, 4.32, 32 appearances, 29 starts), RH Al Alburquerque (4-3, 4.59, 70 Ks, 34 BBs in 49 innings), LH Darin Downs (0-2, 4.84).

Athletics: RH Grant Balfour (1-3, 2.59, 38/41 saves, 10.3 K/9), RH Ryan Cook (6-4, 2.54, 2 saves), LH Sean Doolittle (5-5, 3.13, 2 saves, .188 BA vs LH), LF Brett Anderson (1-4, 6.04, 3 saves), LH Jerry Blevins (5-0, 3.15), RH Dan Otero (2-0, 1.38). RH Jesse Chavez (2-4, 3.92).

 

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