The Pittsburgh Pirates are off as they head home to face the very annoying Houston Astros. They’re currently 6-10, leaving them last in the NL East, 5.5 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies. Only the Atlanta Braves have a worse record in the NL.
The Astros lead the NL West with a 13-5 record after defeating the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field today. The Pirates are set to send lefty John Candelaria (0-1, 2.37) in the series opener against right-hander Ken Forsch (3-0, 1.64), who allowed four runs over six innings against the Pirates in his previous start.