With both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks front offices busy with the 2011 MLB Draft, the teams take the field for a three-game series. The Diamondbacks are on a great streak of 18-5 (33-27 overall) coming into this series against a Pirates team that's just two-games under .500 (28-30).
Daniel Hudson (6-5, 4.22 ERA) will take the mound in Game 1 against Kevin Correia (8-4, 3.40 ERA) as the Snakes try and bounce back from their extra-innings defeat to the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Zach Duke and Josh Collmenter will round out the series.
All three games start at 4:05 Arizona time on Fox Sports Arizona with live game thread on AZ Snake Pit.
Series Preview #21: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - AZ Snake Pit
The Pirates head into this series with a record of 28-30. That's pretty good, in a "We haven't won 80 games since the first George Bush was president" sort of way. Everyone in Pittsburgh knew that this year would be a rebuilding year, and it still will be, but the team is better than people were expecting, and has a chance to really shine in a couple years. They have some good young talent in the majors already, particularly among position players, with more on the way in the next few years.