This series in Baltimore has certainly not gone the Pirates’ way through two games, but at least they have a favorable pitching matchup to try and sneak out of Baltimore with one win tonight as Erik Bedard goes up against Tommy Hunter. Bedard, of course, started his career with the O’s and had his best years there, so maybe there will be some sort of added motivation for him to pitch well. Hunter is like a young version of Kevin Correia.
What I sort of like about this game is that if the Pirates can get a win, they still get out of Baltimore at four games over .500, despite two awful games and a series loss. The reality is that no team wins every series, but that now it’s up to the Pirates to stop the damage before they head into an August 2011-like tailspin.
First pitch is at 7:05. Let’s see if Bedard can be the stopper he was signed to be.