The Pirates are seven games over .500. A win tonight would put them into uncharted territory north of .500; the last time the Pirates were at least eight games over .500, they were 30 games over .500 on the last day of the 1992 season. This is the sort of thing that I find to be both exhilarating and depressing all at the same time.
To put the Pirates into this unmapped stratosphere, AJ Burnett will look to notch a win for his ninth straight start. Burnett's won every single time he's taken the ball since May 8th, putting up a 2.18 ERA in his eight straight wins. I keep thinking that eventually he's going to have to hit a patch of bad luck, even if he pitches well, but it somehow hasn't happened yet. Hopefully tonight won't be that night either. The Astros go with Lucas Harrell tonight. Harrell's having a pretty decent year thanks to a high groundball rate, but he doesn't strike a ton of guys out and the high-K guys are the ones that seem to give the Pirates the most trouble.
First pitch tonight is at 7:05, as the Pirates try to kick off the holiday in style.
@Eephus Yeah, I meant to post this after the walk-off but was too busy waking up every single person in my apartment building with my unbridled enthusiasm: Unbelievable.
Let Grilli close. Also if anybody other than McCutchen made a catch like that, Lou Brown would rip them a new one.
Remember folks, why won't the Pirates fall off the cliff like last season? Andrew McCutchen won't allow it.
I'm befuddled. It's 3-0 and if I read the scoreboard right on FSH, 7-1 Astros hit advantage? I don't see the Bucs much here in Houston, so that's a bummer. Oh, it's usually at least one turn in the order before the Astros get their first hit, too.
No matter how well they've been playing, I still give a little fist pump whenever the Pirates get that first hit of the night. Even if it's the only it, it's not no hits.
You think the Astros will give 'em that much trouble? The Laughstros are 9-28 on the road and have gone a few weeks since their last road win after all...
not to mention the Bucs have the 7th best record in baseball, and if the play-offs started today........