Keeping in mind that I'm being rather dramatic here, I think tonight's game is the most important game of the season for the Pirates. The Nationals are bad enough that the first pick in the draft is well out of our reach, but if we split this series with them we're going to have to hear endlessly how this team was "just as bad as the Nationals" after the trade deadline, and this series will be cited as proof if we lose tonight and split. I don't think this team, even as currently configured, is worse than the Nats and I don't want to hear about it all winter, so I think we have to win tonight.
Charlie Morton gets the start for the Pirates against a gentleman named Garrett Mock. I know next to nothing about Mock (literally, the very first time I've ever heard his name was looking up the lineups right now ... I'm not kidding), but his stats and his role in the Nationals rotation lead me to deduce that he's not a very good pitcher (this sort of reasoning is why they let me into grad school, I assume). Of course, that's a double-edged sword. Our bad offense has made the worst of the worst look good this year. Hopefully, that won't happen again.