Cardinals Vs. Pirates Series Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule & More

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 06: Kyle Lohse #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on May 6, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals face the Pittsburgh Pirates in a crucial three-game series in the National League Wild Card race.

The St. Louis Cardinals (70-57) travel to Pittsburgh (68-59) on Monday for a crucial three-game series against the Pirates, with both teams locked in a battle in the tight race for the two National League Wild Card spots. The Cardinals are still within reach of catching the Cincinnati Reds for the top spot in the division yet holding off the Pirates is the current concern.

The Pirates are looking to rebound after a disappointing home series against Milwaukee and have now won just one of their last six games.

Probable pitchers for the series:

Aug. 27, 7:05 p.m. ET: RHP Kyle Lohse (13-2, 2.61) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (15-4, 3.63); coverage on Fox Sports Missouri and KMOX.

Aug. 27, 7:05 p.m. ET: RHP Jake Westbrook (13-9, 3.67) vs. RHP James McDonald (11-6, 3.73); coverage on Fox Sports Missouri, MLB Network and KMOX.

Aug. 27, 7:05 p.m. ET: RHP Joe Kelly (4-5, 3.26) vs. LHP Wandy Rodriguez (1-4, 4.86); coverage on Fox Sports Missouri, ESPN and KMOX.

For more on the Cardinals, be sure to visit Viva El Birdos. Additional coverage on the Reds can be found at Red Reporter, while Baseball Nation is the place for all things MLB.

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