Ask Blue Jays pitcher Kyle Drabek, and there's only one thing wrong with his upcoming first start against the Astros: location.

"I kind of wish we were the visiting team," Drabek said.

So there won't be a throng of friends and family cheering him on from the seats, just a date with the hometown team that employed his father, Doug, from 1993-96.

The younger Drabek, a former ace at The Woodlands High School, is by one definition close to being an ace again, as the Blue Jays gave him the ball for the season's second game at age 23.