On Monday, Jeff Karstens takes on Jeff Francis in a battle of the soft-tossing Jeffs. Well, maybe lumping them together that way is a little unfair -- Karstens at least hits 90 MPH fairly regularly, while Francis often fails to touch 86. Francis started the season in the Reds organization, but Francis opted out of his contract and signed with the Rockies, where he's helped stabilize a messy rotation.
In the other two games, Erik Bedard faces Christian Friedrich (Tuesday, 8:40) and James McDonald pitches on Wednesday (3:10) against a starter who hasn't yet been announced. These matchups should, at the very least, provide the Pirates with an excellent chance of piling up runs -- true to its '90s roots, Coors Field has been by far the best hitters' park in the majors this year.