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The Pittsburgh Pirates (46-54) take on the St Louis Cardinals (53-47) for four games this week at PNC Park. The Pirates will send out Joe Musgrove in the series finale this afternoon for his 21st start. He tossed six shutout innings in his last outing, while striking out eight batters. Musgrove has faced the Cardinals twice this year, allowing eight runs over three innings in his first outing, followed by five runs over 4.2 innings next time out. He has a 4.13 ERA in ten starts at home. The Cardinals will counter with right-hander Miles Mikolas, who has a 4.17 ERA in 114.1 innings, with 82 strikeouts and a 1.23 WHIP. He gave up three runs over six innings against the Cincinnati Reds in his last start. Mikolas started against the Pirates on July 15th and threw a complete game shutout. He also faced Pittsburgh on May 11th (two earned over seven innings) and April 3rd (three runs over five innings.

Here are the lineups:

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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