The Pittsburgh Pirates are 7-2 when they score more than one run.
Let that sink in a little bit…
Okay, now we can continue.
Tonight’s starter Erik Bedard has been a victim of the team not scoring much. In fact, the team has scored just .75 runs a game when Bedard pitches. The Pirates haven’t scored more than five runs in any game this season, which is some kind of record, but the lack of scoring has hit Bedard the hardest.
The Bucs have scored just 42 runs in 19 games now. The next worst team has plated 19 more runs than the Bucs. In four starts, Bedard has had four runs of support, according to the Pirates website.
Bedard sports a 2.63 ERA when he hits the bump tonight in Hotlanta. The off-season acquisition for the Bucs gave up three runs and struck out seven in his last outing against the Cardinals.
The Braves. who have won 13 of their last 16, ripped the Bucs 6-1 with some late offense last night. It ended the Pirates’ major league-record setting 18-games to start a season without plating – or allowing – six runs in a game.
Randall Delgado will start for the Braves tonight. He has an ERA of 5.74, and looks to be the Pirates best shot at having some significant run production in the series.
Oh, and some help from his teammates would be a nice thing to see, too.