The Astros have been flying under the radar a bit. They have a 14-17 record like the Pirates, and actually are a couple of games under their Pythagorean projection. So it could be an interesting series between a pair of chip-on-the-shoulder clubs.
The lineup: Jose Tabata RF, Nate McLouth LF, Andrew McCutchen CF, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Neil Walker 2B, Garrett Jones 1B, Rod Barajas C, Clint Barmes SS, James McDonald P.
Alex Presley is out again against a righty; wonderin' how long Clint Hurdle and Gregg Ritchie plan to tweak his swing?
- The Pirates went 6-3 against Houston at PNC Park last year, winning all three series and finished 11-7 against them.
- The team plays only seven games on the road this month, from May 14-20 at Miami, Washington
and Detroit. They have two-gamers against the Fish and Nats with a three-spot in Motown.