The St. Louis Cardinals will attempt to win an important weekend series against the Pirates, tie Pittsburgh for second in the NL Central, and potentially move into a tie for the second wild-card position in Sunday afternoon's game, scheduled to begin at 1:15 CT at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals will send the recently rehabilitated Jaime Garcia to the mound for his first start in more than two months following a shoulder injury. Garcia was 3-4 in the first two months of the season, with a 4.48 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. He had been roughed up by Houston in his final start before the injury announcement, giving up six runs in just two innings.
Pittsburgh will pitch veteran Jeff Karstens, who enters with a 4-3 record and a 3.91 ERA this season. In his only previous appearance against St. Louis this season, Karstens went seven innings and gave up just two runs, picking up his first win of the season on June 30.
Television coverage will be handled by Fox Sports Midwest.