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Charlie Morton will try and buck trend versus Cardinals in Game 4

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) -- Despite less than impressive numbers against the Cardinals this season, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is electing to go with righty Charlie Morton in Game 4 opposite Michael Wacha.

And when I say less than impressive, I might be being nice.

No team had more hits (23), scored more runs (12) or hit for a higher average (.397) this season against Morton than the St. Louis Cardinals.  His 7.90 ERA when facing the Cards is more than three runs higher than his ERA against the next team on the list (4.76 vs the Angels).

And unlike Anaheim, the Cards didn't exactly have all their success in just one random game.  They did it in three games.  Well, actually two.

8/1 @ PITT: 6 IP, 10 H, 5 R

8/13 @ STL: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R

9/8 @STL: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R

What does Morton take from that heading into a pivotal Game 4?

"Anybody would like to believe that from failure you take something from it.  And I think that's true with anybody, whether it's a season or it's a span of starts or it's one start," Morton said. "So there are things that I'm going to take from it and I'm going to learn from, but I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel because I had a couple bad games against them.

"I don't think we have the ability to say this is why you didn't have success based on two games.  Because I can look back at games I pitched well and say I did the same thing against them.  It just didn't work out or it did work out," Morton said.

But it's not like the Cards success against Morton is without some history.  He was 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA in just over nine innings against them in 2012 while going 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA in just under 23 innings versus St. Louis in 2011. 

"I have to be really careful about being too critical about certain things because I think you lose the ability to be objective," Morton explained. "And once you go back and look at it again you can look and say, well, obviously he's going to hit that ball.  It's right down the middle.  Or obviously he's sitting heater right there because I'm 2-0 and I'm working behind these guys.  I think a lot of it is simple.  And I think we have to - or I have to - do a better job being objective about my criticisms."    

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