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Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 10:54 p.m.
 

The Tribune-Review's Travis Sawchik breaks down the Pirates' and Cardinals' projected starting lineups for Game 2 of the National League Division Series and how the players have faired against the opposing pitchers.

PIRATES' PROJECTED LINEUP

vs. LANCE LYNN

LF Starling Marte: Batting .259 entering Thursday since returning from disabled list

2B Neil Walker (S): Has found a home in No. 2 spot vs. RHP; .350 on-base percentage vs. righties

CF Andrew McCutchen: Four hits in 26 career at bats vs. Lynn; 0 walks vs. 10 strikeouts

1B Justin Morneau (L): Has never faced Lynn. Batted .282 with 15 HRs against RHP

RF Marlon Byrd: OPS dips nearly 200 points (.959 vs. .797) vs. RHP

3B Pedro Alvarez (L): Of his 36 home runs, 33 are vs. RHP

C Russell Martin: His bat has cooled in the second half, but he homered twice in the wild-card game

SS Clint Barmes: Has regained the lion's share of playing time due to defense

RHP Gerrit Cole: Rookie has not pitched against St. Louis; 1.69 ERA/10.7 K-rate in Sept.

CARDINALS' PROJECTED LINEUP

vs. GERRIT COLE

3B Matt Carpenter: Only Robinson Cano has a better WAR than Carpenter's (6.6) among 2B

RF Carlos Beltran: .315 hitter with .871 OPS vs. RHP

LF Matt Holliday: Hit 21 of his 22 home runs this year vs. RHP

1B Matt Adams: Slippery Rock University product has hit .320 with 8 HRs in filling in for injured Allen Craig

C Yadier Molina: Best offensive-defensive package at catcher in baseball

CF Jon Jay: Solid defender; .291 hitter vs. righties

3B David Freese: .345 batter in 31 career postseason games

SS Daniel Descalso: Weakest link in lineup; .238 hitter and below-average defender

RHP Lance Lynn: Allowed 10 hits and seven runs in four innings in last start vs. Pirates.

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