The Pirates have a day off as they travel to Houston for a three-game series.  They’re currently stand at 41-38, in a virtual tie for fourth in the NL East with St. Louis.  Montreal is in first, seven and a half up on the Bucs.  The Astros are 53-35 and lead the NL West by eight games over Cincinnati.

The Pirates will send out Jim Bibby (3-2, 3.00 ERA), Bruce Kison (4-4, 3.35), and Bert Blyleven (6-3, 3.70).  The Astros will counter with Joaquin Andujar (10-4, 2.63), J.R. Richard (7-8, 3.40), and Joe Niekro (13-3, 2.87).

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