The Cardinals began their three-city, 10-game road stretch with a 10-6 win over the Pirates on Monday and can win their fourth straight series with a win Tuesday.
While playing 10 games in 10 days is taxing on an entire ballclub, it can be especially tough on a bullpen. But Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has been pleased with his starting pitching and expects the 'pen -- which is well rested -- to persevere throughout the stretch.
"They are plenty rested with the starts that our pitchers have been throwing out there," Matheny said. "Right now they're fresh, and we need to get them all positioned in the right spot to make that bullpen as good as it should be."
To continue the string of strong starting pitching, the Cardinals will hand the ball to Jake Westbrook, who has yet to allow an earned run -- he pitched nine scoreless in his last start -- and is seeking his 100th career win. However, Westbrook is a career 1-7 with an ERA of 5.28 against the Pirates.
While the Pirates saw their three-game win streak ended Monday night, they still have a chance to win their third straight series if they take the remaining two games against the Cardinals.
Jonathan Sanchez -- who is 3-0 with a 4.13 ERA in his career against St. Louis -- will get the ball, and Pittsburgh will look for a lengthy outing to rest a bullpen that pitched 7 1/3 innings Monday.
Cardinals: Robinson is candidate for first start
Center fielder Shane Robinson may get his first start of the 2013 season. Robinson had a strong Spring Training but has yet to start a game because Sanchez is only the second lefty the Cardinals have faced.
• After some recent struggles by the bullpen, Matheny said the Cardinals might refrain from using set roles, instead bringing in pitchers based on matchups and game flow. The decision was prompted because Mitchell Boggs was just 2-4 in save opportunities this season. Trevor Rosenthal has also blown two saves.
Pirates: Presley recalled
The Pirates called up outfielder Alex Presley because they are scheduled to face a lot of right-handed pitchers in the coming days and needed a left-handed bat. In seven games this season with Triple-A Indianapolis, Presley hit .357.
• Andrew McCutchen has a career .408 average against Westbrook.
• Matt Holliday is a career .250 hitter off Sanchez, and Allen Craig has hit .333 off Sanchez in his career. Both had RBI doubles in Monday's game.