On the season, Bedard is 4-8 with a 4.27 ERA. He is winless in his last three starts. His most recent win came June 8 against the Royals at home. His last road win came in St. Louis on May 3, when he gave up two runs and struck out 11. Third baseman Pedro Alvarez has gone deep twice in this series against the Cardinals. Alvarez has 15 home runs this season, 12 of which have come during day games. In his last four day games away from home, Alvarez is 7-for-14 with six home runs and 14 RBIs. Cardinals: Westbrook going for first win against Pittsburgh
Westbrook will start Sunday, looking to pitch well enough to end St. Louis' three-game losing streak. In 2012, the right-hander is 6-6 with a 3.77 ERA. In two starts against the Pirates this season, he's 0-2 and has allowed a combined six runs in 13 innings. Catcher Yadier Molina and shortstop Rafael Furcal will likely be back in the lineup Sunday. Both players received a break Saturday afternoon, with the temperature exceeding 100 degrees following a night game on Friday. Worth noting
Against National League Central rivals, the Pirates are 16-10 and the Cardinals are 19-15. The season series between the two teams is tied at 4. Going into Sunday, the Pirates have a 2 1/2-game lead over the third-place Cardinals in the NL Central. The teams will play a three-game set in St. Louis on Aug. 17-19 and a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Aug. 27-29.