This is where we find out if the Pirates are that bad. I mean losing to the Dodgers is one thing but losing to another team that is just as bad as you is something else. If we are not going to lose 100 games then we need to win these to stay alive.
Tim Stauffer (4-6, 3.31 ERA) will take the mound against the Pirates for the first time.The right-hander has gone 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA in his last four starts after losing his previous four with a 5.40 ERA. Stauffer yielded one run and three hits with four walks in six innings of a 3-2, 10-inning victory over Colorado on Saturday.
Skipper John Russell will give the ball to Charlie Morton (3-8, 5.35), who is looking to avoid a third consecutive loss. However, the right-hander is coming off a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings of a 9-1 defeat at Houston on Friday.Morton won his only outing against the Padres, giving up one run in 5 1/3 innings of a 4-1 victory July 12, 2008.
We can only hope for the best.