Current record: 14-17, 3rd place (tie) in NL Central, 6.0 games back
Up Next: Houston Astros, 14-17, 3rd place (tie) in NL Central, 6.0 games back
The battle for 3rd place begins tonight! What, not exciting enough? Then tune in to see 22-yr old Jose Altuve, who’s really fast and has been the surprise best player on Houston. Old pals Brian Bixler and Chris Snyder plus one time almost-a-Pirate Brandon Lyon are in town too. This is the first of three times Houston comes to town before they switch to the American League next season.
Norris has the tools but has yet to acheive consistancy, something that was always said about McDonald before this season.
Morton is tinkering with his sinker, trying to get it to drop like it did last year when he was a ground ball machine. Despite how it’s written, Happ pronounces his name “Jay.”
A matchup of each team’s ace, which usually means lots of runs will be scored.
Pirates Lineup: McLouth in for Alex Presley again. Looks to me like Clint Hurdle is playing the “hot” hand, since Presley has been slumping and Hurdle says he’s seen Nate make strides in his approach lately. Expect to see Casey McGehee play vs lefties the next two games.
Don’t forget to enter the ticket giveaway contest before the end of the first inning tonight!
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