Francisco Liriano (1-1, 4.64 ERA) and Alfredo Simon (0-2, 16.39 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (14-9) and the Cincinnati Reds (9-14) at PNC Park. The Pirates won the last game 4-1, continuing a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 30 and can be seen on FSOH and RTPT.
Liriano pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out six and walking three in a 12-10 win over the Diamondbacks. Starling Marte (.333, 14 Rs, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs, 7 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4. Simon went 2.2 innings, surrendering eight runs, striking out three and walking one in a 9-0 defeat to the Cubs in his last outing. Jay Bruce (.264, 9 Rs, 4 HRs, 15 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds for Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are Pirates -210, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
The Pirates sit at 7-3 against the division, while the Reds are struggling at 4-10.
The Pirates are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Reds have a 3-7 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
This game has the potential to be a major blowout, as the Pirates are coming in on a five-game winning streak whereas the Reds have lost their past five.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 7-4. The Pirates have an 11-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st in runs, Cincinnati has earned 86 this season. Pittsburgh ranks third with 123 runs.
Ranking 30th, Cincinnati is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 54 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at second with 100.
The Pirates are 8-4 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Reds are 7-6 when they hit at least one homer.