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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - Game 112 open thread - August 11, 2015

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Carlos Martinez vs. Jeff Locke

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For all intents and purposes, the home stretch of the National League Central race starts tonight at Busch Stadium. The first-place St. Louis Cardinals (71-40) face off against the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates (65-44). It's a series pitting two excellent clubs against one another. The Cardinals own the highest winning percentage in baseball. The Pirates' .596 winning percentage is the second highest in the NL (behind the Cards, of course) and the third highest in MLB (behind St. Louis and the Kansas City Royals). This is a heavyweight bout.

Today's Lineups

PITTSBURGH PIRATES ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Gregory Polanco - RF Matt Carpenter - 3B
Starling Marte - LF Kolten Wong - 2B
Andrew McCutchen - CF Jhonny Peralta - SS
Aramis Ramirez - 3B Jason Heyward - RF
Jung-Ho Kang - SS Randal Grichuk - CF
Neil Walker - 2B Yadier Molina - C
Pedro Alvarez - 1B Stephen Piscotty - LF
Francisco Cervelli - C Mark Reynolds - 1B
Jeff Locke - LHP Carlos Martinez - RHP