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Pirates at Minute Maid

As I reported earlier today, the Astros play off odds actually got better over the weekend despite falling two in the elimination column. The Astros have played dismally against the Pirates in 2008, but this is not the same team. They are missing two key offensive assets in their line-up which has crippled the Pirates run scoring ability.

Prior to July 30 (which I'm loosely using to define the trade deadline), the Pirates averaged 4.94 R/G (source). After Nady and Bay get subtracted from the line-up, the Pirates have only managed 3.41 R/G (source). The ridiculous drop off in run creation should leave Astros fans with a huge grin on their face. A series sweep would is necessary for us to keep floating our wild card hopes, and a team that is as inept at scoring as the Pirates are should be easy fodder.

Current Series

4 game series vs Pirates @ Minute Maid Park

Pittsburgh Pirates
@ Houston Astros

Monday, Sep 8, 2008, 7:05 PM CDT
Minute Maid Park

Ian Snell vs Alberto Arias

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 85.

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Tue 09/09

Ross Ohlendorf vs Randy Wolf

Partly cloudy with a 30-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 90.

7:05 PM CDT
Wed 09/10 7:05 PM CDT
Thu 09/11 7:05 PM CDT

2008 - Ian Snell 6-10 27 27 0 0 0 0 143.1 182 95 89 15 80 115 5.59 1.83

Alberto Arias has no stats with the Astros, but here's a link to his career stats.

I owe it to the concept of journalistic integrity to include this widget in here.

Injuries: Houston Astros


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Wandy Rodriguez strained right oblique 9.8.2008


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Carlos Lee left pinky finger surgery 8.10.2008
Felipe Paulino pinched nerve in right arm/right shoulder bursitis 3.19.2008

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Brandon Backe sore right elbow 9.8.2008
Geoff Geary sore right groin 8.27.2008
Kazuo Matsui irritated disc in back 9.2.2008
Ty Wigginton strained left groin 9.7.2008

Sobering to say the least, but as Aaron Eckhart said in The Dark Knight, "the night is always darkest before the dawn." Also, this should be a pretty easy series for us, which lessens the loss of some of those guys while they are, yeah, Go 'Stros.