Series Preview: Pirates vs. Astros

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Houston Astros

May 11, 2012 7:05 pm
May 12, 2012 7:05 pm
May 13, 2012 1:35 pm

PNC Park

Probable Pitchers
James McDonald (2-1, 2.70 ERA) vs. Bud Norris (2-1, 4.58 ERA)
Charlie Morton (1-3, 4.61 ERA) vs. J.A. Happ (2-2, 5.24 ERA)
A.J. Burnett (1-2, 6.08 ERA) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (3-3, 2.14 ERA)

Series Notes
Both teams enter the series with a record of 14-17, 6.0 games back in the NL Central… The Astros haven’t been too affected by injuries this season, with only Sergio Escalona (out for season, Ulnar collateral ligament tear in left elbow) and Kyle Weiland (15-day DL, right shoulder infection) missing time… Bud Norris is 4-4 in eight starts vs. Pittsburgh… Norris didn’t allow an earned run in six innings in his last start Saturday vs. the Cardinals… James McDonald has been effectively using his curve ball and has struck out 25 batters in his last 21 innings… J.A. Happ has produced quality starts for the Astros in four of his six starts… Charlie Morton is trying to re-discover his sinker… Wandy Rodriguez has pitched well for the ‘Stros thus far… If you don’t count A.J. Burnett’s terrible outing in St. Louis, he would have just a 1.71 ERA… Jose Altuve had a combined 200 hits between the majors and minors last season (61 MLB, 139 MiLB)… Houston acquired 10 players last season by trading Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, and Jeff KeppingerMatt Downs had a major league-leading 15 RBI in 2011… The Astros had 39 outfield assists last year, which was tops in the National League… Houston set a franchise record in 2011 when they recorded 106 losses… Promotions for this series are as follows: FridayFree Shirt Friday, SaturdayJoel Hanrahan Bobblehead / Scratch ‘n Win, SundayKids Day / Kids Neil Walker Replica Jersey / Moms Neil Walker Pink Jersey. StubHub tickets.

Go Bucs


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