Found May 11, 2012 on WHYGAVS?:
I said before this series started that I wanted to see the Pirates go at least 6-3. They need a sweep of the Astros to get there. Bud Norris goes for the Astros against the recently excellent James McDonald. First pitch tonight is at 7:05.

Schafer becoming base-stealing threat for Astros

For all that's been made of how Jordan Schafer fits into the Astros' new patience profile of higher walk and strikeout totals, there's another element of the game that he adds to a team with little. In replacing Michael Bourn, whom he was traded for, Schafer provides one of the few significant base-stealing threats on the roster. Through the Astros' 1-0 victory...

Jed Lowrie Rewards the Astros

Jed Lowrie has arrived. After four injury riddled seasons with the Boston Red Sox, the 28-year-old shortstop is experiencing a breakout year with the Houston Astros. Lowrie’s performance makes him one of the most exciting players on a Houston team devoid of talent. While health has always been an issue, Lowrie is proving that he’s a player the team may want to build around. ...

Record aside, Astros ready to battle every day

HOUSTON Sometimes there is accomplishment even in defeat, something the Astros made clear as they concluded their nine-game home stand with an extra-inning loss to the Marlins Wednesday night. On Tuesday night they rallied against long odds and Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, then nearly did so again in the series finale before falling...

MLB Insiders: Houston Astros

The Pirates open a three-game series with the Houston Astros on Friday night at PNC Park. Right-hander James McDonald will pitch for the Bucs. The Astros will toss righty Bud Norris.

Lowrie enjoying healthy start to season

Entering the 2012 season, oft-injured Houston Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie hadn't appeared in more than 88 major league games in a season. But he has remained healthy thus far, and the Stanford product is batting .301 with a .387 on-base percentage and some power.

Golden Sombrero: J.D. Martinez (4/16/2012)

Date: April 16, 2012 vs. Washington Nationals Top 1: J.D. Martinez struck out swinging against Stephen Strasburg (5 pitches) Top 4: Martinez struck out swinging against Strasburg (3 pitches) Top 6: Martinez walked against Strasburg (9 pitches) Top 7: Martinez struck out swinging against Ryan Mattheus (4 pitches) Top 9: Martinez struck out swinging against Henry Rodriguez (3...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Houston Astros – Game 32

Can’t win em all I guess.   First Pitch: 7:05 Where To Watch:  Root Sports, MLB.TV, FS-H   Bud Norris, RHP (27) Astros?  Bud?  It seems like the Pirates are playing against the SPCA. Thankfully that isn’t his real name. His real name is David. Not sure where bud came from so I’ll just assume [...]

James McDonald is only half of the story

Grant Brisbee writes about the worst trade of the last five years at SB Nation today, and it might surprise you to see that he chose the Octavio Dotel for James McDonald deal from the 2010 trade deadline. You can read the whole thing for his reasons.I've actually been thinking about this trade (and others) quite a bit lately as I turn the Pirates' offensive struggles over...

Pirates waste J-Mac’s fabulous start

Final: Astros 1, Pirates 0 WP: Bud Norris (3-1, 3.95 ERA) LP: James McDonald (2-2, 2.42 ERA) SV: Brett Myers (9, 0.77 ERA) James McDonald was spectacular. The rest of the Pirates, not so much. After giving up a run in the 2nd inning, McDonald cruised through the rest of his start as he struck out eight Astros in eight innings while giving up just four hits and two walks. In the 6th...

Astros-Pirates Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates haven't given James McDonald much help this season. He may not need a whole lot as the Pirates open this three-game series with the slumping Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Friday night. McDonald (2-1, 2.70 ERA) has been backed by two or fewer runs in five of his six starts, and he's yet to allow more than three runs in any of his outings. ...

Frustration defined

It would be hard to dream up a more irritating loss than this one. The Pirates got another great effort from James McDonald, but failed to give him a single run of support and lost 1-0. J-Mac was excellent yet again, continuing his recent string of strong outings. He went 8 innings, struck out 8, and allowed just 4 hits. Houston scratched out a run in the second inning without the...
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