The Bucs head out to the west coast, having lost two of three to the last-place Houston Astros. The Padres enter the series leading the National League Wild Card race, powered by the 1-2 punch of Jake Peavy and former Pirates prospect Chris Young (hey, Matt Herges is doing okay in Colorado.) Having just clinched a fifteenth consecutive losing season, Pittsburgh will assume its normal September position of welcome late season matchup/"spoiler." Fun, huh?
Tale of the Tape
Runs Scored/Allowed: 682/764
Pythagorean Record: 66-83
Defensive Efficiency: .682 (27th)
San Diego Padres
Runs Scored/Allowed: 663/594
Pythagorean Record: 82-66
Defensive Efficiency: .707 (6th)
RHP John Van Benschoten (41 ERA+) vs. RHP Jack Cassel (90 ERA+)
LHP Tom Gorzelanny (129 ERA+) vs. RHP Greg Maddux (108 ERA+)
RHP Ian Snell (114 ERA+) vs. RHP Chris Young (152 ERA+)
RHP Matt Morris (103 ERA+ with Giants; 72 ERA+ with...
Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.