The next series is one that the Pittsburgh Pirates should be able to win. It is at home, against a non division team. And the opponent, San Diego, is near the bottom of Western Division. We're not talking about the Los Angeles Dodgers (yet). More specifically, the Padres is one of two teams whose batting is worse than the Pirates'. Typical of San Diego's problems is a former Pirate slugger named Brian Giles. That means that pitcher matchups will be crucial to the Pittsbrugh's success. Here, the Padres have a slight advantage on paper for the season. That is until you take into account that the Padres are away, and the Pirates are at home. So the relevant matchups are the Padres' road ERAs against Pirates' home ERAs. Based on overall ERAs, Tim Stauffer has it all over Charlie Morton tonight ...
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