Let's review the situation:
- We're playing the Pirates.
- We're playing at home.
- The Pirates are auditioning a bunch of youngsters, including those on the expanded roster.
I know better than to draw any conclusions, but...this should be a winnable game. Dave Bush takes the hill for us, while Jeff Karstens pitches for them. Karstens threw a quality start (but lost) against us a few weeks ago, but he did so while striking out none, walking a guy, and giving up a homer. In other words, even Corey Hart should be able to get on base against him.
Operative word: should.
Also in action, of course, are the Mets. Johan Santana pitches at Shea against Sean Marshall. With that scenario, I'll be happy to stay one game back. Please? Here's the BR Game Preview for Mets/Cubs, which starts at 6:10 CT.
And finally, the Brewers game gets rolling at 7:05 CT. Here's the Brewers/Pirates BR Preview.