The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to snap a two-game losing streak when they host the Houston Astros on Saturday evening at PNC Park. Pittsburgh's 1-0 loss to Houston on Friday night dropped the Pirates to 3-4 on their current nine-game homestand.
Charlie Morton (1-3, 4.61) will take the mound for the Pirates, hoping to shake off some disastrous starts to begin the month of May. Morton has given up 11 runs, nine earned, in 10 1/3 innings over his last two starts. Morton was 2-2 with a 4.63 ERA last season against Houston.
The Astros will counter with J.A. Happ (2-2, 5.24 ERA) on the bump. Happ is winless in four career starts in Pittsburgh, despite a 3.24 ERA. The Pirates Andrew McCutchen has been a Happ killer in his career, batting .364 with three doubles and a home run off the lefty.