The Pirates and Astros limp into this series, near mirror images of one another. Both are buried in the standings, despite residing in the thoroughly mediocre NL Central. Both are searching for new general managers, and, as an extension, a new philosophy. Houston has seen its farm system fall into disrepair, as recent draft picks (such as lefthander Brian Bogusevic, outfielder Eli Iorg, and catcher Max Sapp) have disappointed. Houston's total disregard for its farm system became apparent this past August, when the Astros (without a first or second round pick) failed to sign its third and fourth round selections. Pittsburgh's farm system isn't quite as bleak, but recent blunders and a disregard for the Latin American market has left the Pirates with an alarming lack of talent in the low min...

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