Breaking down Game 4 of the NLDS
Tribune-Review reporter Travis Sawchik breaks down Game 4 of the National League Division Series.
PIRATES' PROJECTED Lineup
vs. Michael Wacha
1. LF Starling Marte: Wacha's changeup an issue for Marte, who often chases off-speed
2. 2B Neil Walker (S): Has faced Wacha four times, striking out twice
3. CF Andrew McCutchen: .302 hitter with 17 HR vs. RHP in regular season
4. 1B Justin Morneau (L): Excellent 15 percent whiff rate vs. off-speed
5. RF Marlon Byrd: Has struggled with breaking stuff and changeups this season
6. 3B Pedro Alvarez (L): Owns a 45 percent whiff rate vs. off-speed pitches, which is trouble vs. Wacha
7. C Russell Martin: Better against RHP (.235) than LHP (.194) in regular season
8. SS Clint Barmes: Enjoying lion's share of postseason starts due to glove
9. RHP Charlie Morton: Cardinals' talented left-handed hitters present challenge as Morton lacks changeup to combat lefties. Lefties are batting .304 vs. Morton. Right-handers are batting .220. ... Allowed five runs in 1 2⁄3 vs. Cardinals in last meeting
CARDINALS' PROJECTED Lineup
vs. Charlie Morton
1. 3B Matt Carpenter (L): Swings and misses at only 4.1 percent of pitches, 8th-best mark in MLB
2. RF Carlos Beltran (S): Owns a 1.240 postseason OPS, best in baseball history
3. LF Matt Holliday: .325 hitter with a homer and 5 RBI in 25 at-bats vs. Morton
4. 1B Matt Adams (L): Slippery Rock University product posted .520 slugging mark vs. RHP in 2013
5. C Yadier Molina: .421 hitter with 6 RBI vs. Morton in 19 career at-bats
6. CF Jon Jay (L): Solid defender, .291 hitter vs. righties
7. 3B David Freese: .294 hitter with a homer and 5 RBI in 17 at-bats vs. Morton
8. SS Daniel Descalso (L): 0 for 10 in career vs. Morton
9. RHP Michael Wacha: Took no-hitter into 9th inning in last start vs. Washington. Rookie is 4-1 with 2.78 ERA, 9.05 k/9 and 2.64 bb/9 this season. Pirates are 3 for 30 against Wacha
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