Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 8/20/13
Pirates (73-51) at Padres (56-69) 10:10 PM–Petco Park, San Diego MLB.com Gameday TV: ROOT The Pirates look for two in a row and a road series win as they try to cling to their NL Central lead this evening. The trip got off to a great start last night, but another victory would mark back to back wins for the first time in a while and would certainly be refreshing to see. Tonight’s starters… A.J. Burnett (5-8, 3.18) vs. Tyson Ross (3-5, 2.62) Burnett’s numbers for the season are still very strong, but his last two starts have been quite concerning. After almost never getting run support, he got big leads and gave them up quickly – despite looking strong early in both outings. Going six or seven solid innings was not a problem for AJ earlier in the year, but he may be showing some signs of wearing down. Tonight is a very good  opportunity to buck the trend in a pitcher’s park against a bad team. Ross is having a really nice season after a disastrous 2012, and the righty has been especially good lately, posting five quality starts in a row. The Bucco bats will be challenged again after another pretty tough night on Monday.
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