In the first of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (13-9) and the Cincinnati Reds (9-13) at PNC Park, Juan Nicasio (2-2, 4.50 ERA) and Dan Straily (0-0, 3.50 ERA) get the ball. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 29 and will air on FSOH and RTPT.
In his most recent outing, Nicasio pitched 5.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out four and walking four in a 7-1 loss to the Diamondbacks. Andrew McCutchen (.247, 16 Rs, 5 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season Wednesday, going 2 for 5 with one run. The Reds were victorious over the Cubs 13-5 the last time Straily pitched. He went 4.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out five and walking three. Zack Cozart (.397, 13 Rs, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Reds, going 2 for 4 Wednesday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are Pittsburgh -150 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 7.5.
In their previous three games this season, the Reds have a 2-1 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
The Pirates hold a 6-3 record against the NL Central Division this season, while the Reds have a 4-9 record against the division.
When leading after seven innings, Pittsburgh is 5-5, while Cincinnati is 4-6.
The Reds managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Pirates who are heading in with a 5-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 1-9. The Pirates have a 2-6 record when opponents outhit them.
Pittsburgh and Cincinnati both rank near the bottom of the league in home runs. Pittsburgh sits at 24th with 18 home runs this season and Cincinnati ranks 21st with 19.
Pittsburgh ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 10.59 per game this season. Cincinnati ranks near the bottom at 25th with 7.68.
Ranking 23rd, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.687). Pittsburgh ranks in the top five with an OPS of .824.
When the Reds allow at least one home run, they are 7-13. When the Pirates allow one or more homers, they have an 8-9 record.