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Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, 10:48 p.m.
 

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 23 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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