On the mound tonight will be the Pirates' two big pitching acquisitions from the winter of 2011/2012. AJ Burnett worked out quite well. Erik Bedard did not. Astro Erik Bedard looks a lot like Pirate Erik Bedard; there are tons of strikeouts, a lot of walks, hits all over the places, and just tons and tons of pitches. In eight appearances and six starts, Bedard's only thrown 27 innings.
The mantra for this series is: beat the Astros and if that fails, at least get out of the way so that the Astros can beat themselves. First pitch tonight is at 7:05.