Astros (11-31) at Pirates (25-17)
7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
The Bucs look to win their fifth straight and clinch this weekend’s series against the Astros tonight. This is a chance for the Bucs to put together an extended winning streak – something we haven’t seen for a long time.
Erik Bedard (0-2, 6.67) vs. A.J. Burnett (3-4, 2.73)
Our old friend Bedard is with the ‘Stros after a frustrating year in black and gold in 2012. His struggles have continued so far this year. Bedard has been in and out of the bullpen and rotation and hasn’t pitched more than five innings in an outing yet this year. Get ready for some looooong half-innings (hopefully).
Burnett continues to be excellent, although he’s lost two straight. He still leads the NL in strikeouts (although Yu Darvish is pulling away with the major league lead) and will increase that lead tonight. AJ’s been getting through seven innings lately – a big plus for the bullpen. If he can do that tonight, the Bucs should be in good shape with the back of the pen well rested.