ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Today is Cardinals manager Mike Shildt’s birthday. The team encouraged fans to sing him a song to celebrate 51-years during tonight’s game against the Pirates. There was just one problem. They misspelled his name on the big screen. Some fans are connecting this error with the turn the team’s season is taking.
St. Louis heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by Jack Flaherty. Flaherty went seven innings, surrendering The Cardinals are 26-20 against NL Central teams. The St. Louis pitching staff owns a team ERA of 4.09, Jack Flaherty leads the staff with a mark of 3.72.
The Pirates have gone 20-32 against division opponents. The Pittsburgh offense has compiled a .265 batting average as a team this season, good for sixth in the majors. Bryan Reynolds leads the team with a mark of .338.
TOP PERFORMERS: Marcell Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 63 RBIs and is batting .252. Kolten Wong has 10 hits and is batting .333 over the last 10 games for St. Louis.
Josh Bell leads the Pirates with 64 extra base hits and is slugging .573. Jose Osuna is 12-for-27 with five doubles three home runs and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for Pittsburgh.