Pittsburgh vs Houston Astros by Sors
The Pirates averaged 2.25 runs per game during their four-game losing streak and are now 3 ½ games behind the Cardinals in the race for the last NL wild-card spot.
Nova pitched 12 1/3 solid innings against the Reds (5-3) and Los Angeles Dodgers (5-1) in his first two starts for his new club, before surrendering 8 hits and 4 runs over four innings of a 6-5 win at San Francisco last Wednesday.
The 29-year-old right-hander has posted a 4.80 ERA in fifteen starts for the Yankees in 2016, allowing four or more earned runs in eight of those fifteen outings.
Nova is 1-1 with a 5.93 ERA in three appearances (two starts) versus Houston.He yielded 4 hits and struck out five through four scoreless innings in a relief appearances against the Astros on April 6 (16-6), but was tagged for 7 runs over four innings in his last start against them, a 1-15 loss at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 25, 2015.
Jose Altuve hit safely in seven consecutive games and is 2-for-5, with an RBI and two walks off Nova, while Evan Gattis hit a two-run home run in 2 at-bats against him.
Nova will get his first look at Alex Bregman (12-for-32, with two doubles, 4 HR and 10 RBI over his last seven games) and Teoscar Hernandez (5-for-13, with 2 HR and 5 RBI over his past four games).
The Houston Astros will give the ball to Joe Musgrove (1-1 with a 4.18 ERA) for his fourth MLB start.
The 23-year-old rookie was hammered for 8 runs over 5 1/3 innings in his last start at Baltimore on Aug. 18 (5-13), but threw fourteen solid innings in his previous two starts, allowing 11 hits and 3 runs while striking out thirteen batters of a 3-5 home loss to Texas on Aug. 7 and at Rogers Centre five days later (5-3).Musgrove has never faced the Pirates or any of their hitters before.
Gregory Polanco has 5 hits in his last 16 at-bats, but Andrew McCutchen went 0-for-4 in Monday’s series opener and has just 2 hits in his last 16 at-bats.David Freese went 1-for-11 over his past three games, Starling Marte is hitless in his last 12 at-bats, while Jordy Mercer went 1-for-15 over his last five games.
I think that the Houston Astros will manage to win that game.
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