Raisel Iglesias (0-0, 3.00 ERA) and Gerrit Cole (19-9, 2.70 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (3-1) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (4-0) at the Great American Ball Park. The Pirates won the last game 6-5, and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 9 and can be seen on FSOH and RTPT.
Iglesias pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs and striking out seven in a 6-2 win over the Phillies. Eugenio Suarez (.312 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one stolen base. Cole will get the start on the other side. Last season, he pitched 213.0 innings, going 19-9 with a 2.70 ERA 1.10 WHIP, and 29 strikeouts. Starling Marte (.333 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, four RBIs, and one stolen base.
The odds for Cincinnati and Pittsburgh are the Pirates -140, while the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 7ov-120. Cincinnati leads the MLB in steals, swiping four bases. Crossing over to the pitching staff, the Reds are the fifth-best team in the NL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 7.0 hits per game to their opponents this season.
Pittsburgh is excellent at drawing walks with 5.0 per game, ranking third in the NL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Pirates are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.026 for the season. The Pirates have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 5.0 strikeouts per road game.
The Pirates have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN
The Pirates won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Reds are 1-1. The Pirates are 2-0 in close games this season.
When leading after seven innings, Pittsburgh is 1-0, while Cincinnati is 1-1.
After a weak showing last week where they got in eight hits, the Pirates need to step it up. The Reds have a record of 2-1 when opponents get eight hits or less.
Ranking 25th in home runs, Pittsburgh has hit one this season. Cincinnati ranks 14th with five home runs.
Ranking 14th, Cincinnati is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.00 per game. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 with 9.50.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Cincinnati has an OPS of .000 this season. Pittsburgh ranks 25th with an OPS of .786.
The Pirates are 3-0 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Reds are 3-1 when they allow at least one homer.