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Game No. 126 Preview: Houston Astros at Pittsburgh Pirates

Astros go for five in a row on Tuesday against the Buccos.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (65-60) at Pittsburgh Pirates (62-60), Aug. 23, 2016, 6:10

Radio: La Nueva 94.1 FM, and KBME 790
Pittsburgh Pirates SB Nation Site: Bucs Dugout

Pitching Matchup

RHP Joe Musgrove (1-1, 4.18 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) vs. RHP Ivan Nova (9-6, 4.83 ERA, 1.35 WHIP)


The Astros continue to roll into September, giving the team and fans alike hope for another trip to October. But the job is from done if the team hopes to make the playoffs.

Joe Musgrove makes his fourth start for the Astros. Musgrove's first two starts were stellar, he allowed three runs over 14 innings. In his third start, he came back down to earth — allowing eight runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings against the Orioles last week.

Former Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova makes his fourth start with the Pirates. He is 2-0 with a 4.41 ERA over his previous three starts. In one start against the Astros, he allowed zero runs on four hits over four innings on 56 pitches.