Struggling Pirates hitters now have to face pitching nemesis

For the Pittsburgh Pirates hitters, coming back to PNC Park on Friday might be a case of getting the wrong guy at the wrong time.

The Buccos batters will face a familiar foe in Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals to open a three-game series and a six-game homestand.

During their last two series — seven games (3-4) against the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs — the Pirates have totaled just nine runs and have averaged a measly 4.71 hits per game.

As of Friday morning, the Pirates ranked:

• 29th in Major League Baseball (last in the National League) in runs scored (122). Only Detroit had fewer with 105.

• 27th in MLB in hits (269)

• 25th in MLB in homers (28)

• 24th in MLB in batting average (.224)

• 23rd in MLB in OBP (.294)

• 28th in MLB in slugging (.347)

• Tied for 26th in OPS (worst in the NL) at (.641)

Now (of course) they get a second turn at Wainwright. The 40-year-old three-time All-Star is 4-3 with a 3.15 this season. But 22 of his 188 career wins are against the Pirates, more than any other opponent he has faced.

The right-hander has owned the Pirates lately. Since the start of 2019, Wainwright is 9-0 against the Pirates. Over those 11 starts, he has yielded just 13 earned runs in 71 innings for an ERA of 1.65.

His strikeout-to-walk total over…

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