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October 3, 2013

Playoff Prospectus

NLDS Preview: Pirates at Cardinals

by R.J. Anderson


Once the Cardinals clinched home-field advantage in the National League, we knew we'd see a NL Central tussle in the Division Series. What we didn't know, not until Tuesday night, was whether it would be the Reds or Pirates opposing the Cardinals. Now we know it's the Pirates, who put the Reds down easy behind Francisco Liriano and a multi-homer game from Russell Martin.

Lineups (AVG/OBP/SLG/TAv)

Pirates

LF-R Starling Marte (.280/.343/.441/.285)
2B-S Neil Walker (.251/.339/.418/.275)
CF-R Andrew McCutchen (.317/.404/.508/.326)
1B-L Justin Morneau (.259/.323/.411/.263)
RF-R Marlon Byrd (.291/.336/.511/.302)
3B-L Pedro Alvarez (.233/.295/.474/.272)
C-R Russell Martin (.226/.327/.377/.257)
SS-R Jordy Mercer (.280/.331/.416/.265)

The Pirates offense is tough to gauge from a macro perspective, as they added Morneau and Byrd to their lineup late in the season. At worst, the lineup features seven batters who posted above-average True Averages, and another, in Martin, who was good for his position. One thing to watch for with the Pirates is strikeouts; they aren't quite the Braves, but they can rack up the Ks.

Cardinals
2B-L Matt Carpenter (.318/.392/.481/.310)
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