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Houston vs. Pittsburgh, 20 September 2005

Andy Pettitte (16-9, 2.43) vs. Tom Gorzelanny (0-0, 0.00). Gorzelanny makes his first big-league start tonight. He's another lefty, but not a crafty one along the lines of Zach Duke or Paul Maholm - Gorzelanny can bring the heat. He's the least polished of the three young lefties, however.

Andy Pettitte has quietly had a ridiculously good season. How ridiculously good?

TOP PITCHERS IN THE MAJORS, BY VORP:
ROGER CLEMENS 79.9
Chris Carpenter 76.6
Dontrelle Willis 69.5
ANDY PETTITTE 65.2
Pedro Martinez 65.2
ROY OSWALT 62.8
Johan Santana 61.8

The Astros have had a lot riding on their starting pitchers, and they've come through in a big way.