So we've spent two games proving what we already know: that the Nationals are not a very good baseball team. The real question now; can the Pirates sweep a series that the "should" sweep? A win tonight brings the Bucs tantalizingly close to that magical .500 mark. Is this something that we as fans want? For the Pirates to play with our hearts again?
Paul Maholm and John Lannan are your starters tonight. Two of Maholm's last three starts have ended in hard luck losses for the Pirates, though he wasn't saddled with the loss in either of them (he was terrible in the start sandwiched between them; he did get the loss for that one). In fact, we've lost Maholm's last four starts. Tonight seems like a good night to bring an end to that trend.