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…