Williams and the Pirates take on division rival St. Louis
Pittsburgh Pirates (17-16, fourth in the NL Central) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (21-16, second in the NL Central)
St. Louis; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Joe Musgrove (1-3, 2.63 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 32 strikeouts) Cardinals: Michael Wacha (1-0, 5.17 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 33 strikeouts)
LINE: Cardinals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: NL Central opponents St. Louis and Pittsburgh will square off at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals are 10-10 against NL Central opponents. The St. Louis offense has compiled a .258 batting average as a team this season, good for fifth in the National League. Jose Martinez leads the team with a mark of .343.
The Pirates are 6-5 against teams from the NL Central. This is the first meeting of the season for these two teams.
TOP PERFORMERS: Marcell Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 30 RBIs and is batting .244. Yadier Molina is 10-for-33 with two doubles, a home run and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for St. Louis.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cardinals: 5-5, .225 batting average, 4.03 ERA, outscored by 11 runs
Pirates: 5-5, .247 batting average, 5.23 ERA, outscored by 14 runs
Cardinals Injuries: Mike Mayers: 10-day IL (shoulder), Carlos Martinez: 10-day IL (shoulder), Brett Cecil: 60-day IL (wrist/forearm).
Pirates Injuries: Jameson Taillon: 10-day IL (elbow), Edgar Santana: 60-day IL (elbow), Chad Kuhl: 60-day IL (elbow), Keone Kela: 10-day IL (shoulder), Nick Burdi: 10-day IL (biceps), Chris Archer: 10-day IL (thumb), Corey Dickerson: 10-day IL (shoulder), Lonnie Chisenhall: 10-day IL (finger), Erik Gonzalez: 60-day IL (collarbone), Jacob Stallings: 10-day IL (neck).