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
Pittsburgh Pirates
Record: 66-83
Runs Scored/Allowed: 682/764
Pythagorean Record: 66-83
Defensive Efficiency: .682 (27th)
San Diego Padres
Record: 81-67
Runs Scored/Allowed: 663/594
Pythagorean Record: 82-66
Defensive Efficiency: .707 (6th)
Probable Starters
Monday
RHP John Van Benschoten (41 ERA+) vs. RHP Jack Cassel (90 E...

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