Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 10/27/14
Astros (11-30) at Pirates (24-17) 7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh MLB.com Gameday TV: ROOT The Astros are in town, and now that they are part of the American League this is the only time the Bucs will see them all year. Houston is just as awful as last season, and the Bucs need to take advantage of what is now a rare opportunity to beat up on one of the worst clubs in baseball (Miami is giving them a run for their money). This homestand presents a big chance for the Pirates to really rack up some wins a hurry, and so far they’ve taken advantage. Expecting a series sweep is rarely realistic, but if there’s ever a time to do so it’s probably now. Tonight’s starters… Jordan Lyles (1-1, 8.36) vs. Jeanmar Gomez (2-0, 2.28) The Pirates saw quite a bit of Lyles last year and they’ve hit him hard. He is 0-4 against the Pirates and hasn’t seen much success against other teams this year, obviously. The young righty is coming off an outing in which he allowed eight runs against Texas. Gomez, to everyone’s shock, has been excellent so far as a Pirate and especially in his spot-starter role. He’s benefited from facing some bad offenses (Mariners, Mets) and that’s the case again tonight (and his next start should be against the Cubs, too). He’s been lifted after five strong innings in both of his last two outings despite being incredibly efficient and effective. Astros vs. Gomez Pirates vs. Lyles LINEUPS Here’s the #Pirates lineup for tonight’s 7:05pm game at PNC. twitter.com/Pirates/status… — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 17, 2013 #Astros lineup: CF Grossman, 2B Elmore, C Castro, RF Carter, LF Martinez, 1B Pena, 3B Dominguez, SS Gonzalez, P Lyles (no DH) — Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) May 17, 2013 That’s Robbie Grossman in center – the main piece the Bucs sent to Houston in the Wandy Rodriguez trade. He may have been rushed to the majors due to the dire situation in Houston and has struggled so far (.568 OPS).

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