One of the few things that the Houston Astros can still do with their lost 2012 season is play spoiler to those still in the playoff races, and they landed a blow to the Pittsburgh Pirates by defeating them on Monday. They'll get two more chances as well, starting Tuesday with Game 2 of the series.
Houston fans will see a familiar face on the mound for the Pirates, as Wandy Rodriguez is slated to start. Rodriguez (9-13, 3.86) is not having his best season but is still putting up quality numbers for a Pirates team that is very close to contending. Houston will counter their former star with Jordan Lyles (3-10, 5.46), who will be seeking his second win in three games after a long streak of nothing but losses and no decisions.
The game will be at 6:05 p.m. CT at PNC Park.