In the second of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (57-79) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (81-55) at the Great American Ball Park, Raisel Iglesias (3-6, 3.81 ERA) and Francisco Liriano (9-7, 3.40 ERA) take the mound. The Reds won the last game 3-1 and Cincinnati leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 8 and will air on FSOH and RTPT.
In his last start, Iglesias pitched 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out 10 and walking three in a 7-4 loss to the Cubs. Joey Votto (.318, 85 Rs, 27 HRs, 70 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Pirates were unsuccessful the last time Liriano pitched. He struggled, going 5.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out four and walking five in a 5-3 loss to the Brewers. Andrew McCutchen (.302, 79 Rs, 20 HRs, 85 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Cincinnati is a +123 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Reds perform poorly as an underdog with a 28-54 record and have an overall money line of -2,146. They have a 26-31 record SU and are 19-23 as the underdog within their division. Cincinnati has averaged 5.2 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 4.0. The Reds rank fourth in the NL in hits at home with 8.9 per game. The Reds are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with an MLB-high 120 steals. As for the pitching staff, an area where the Reds are particularly strong at home is striking batters out, where they average 8.3 K's per home game.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Pirates come into this game with a solid win percentage of .663 when playing as the favorite (63-32) and an overall money line of +1,628. Against divisional foes, they are 23-33 SU and have played poorly as the favorite with a 16-18 record. The Pirates rank fifth in the NL in scoring, averaging 4.2 runs per game. One of the top road hitting teams in the NL are the Pirates, who average 9.3 hits in games away from home. Switching gears to Pittsburgh's pitching staff, they have the second-lowest ERA in the NL at 3.21.
The Reds had the upper hand against the Pirates in their previous 14 games this season, earning a 10-4 record. The Reds will take on a left-hander (Liriano) in this game and have a 12-19 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Iglesias will take the mound against the Pirates, who have a 66-41 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Pit, O/U - Over
The Reds are 27-31 against their divisional rivals, while the Pirates are 23-34 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Pittsburgh is 29-29, while Cincinnati is 18-31.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Pirates are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Reds have an 18-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 44-16. The Pirates have a 57-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 547 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top half at 14th with 575.
Ranking 21st, Pittsburgh is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 370 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 423.
The Reds are 48-37 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Pirates are 53-25 when they hit at least one homer.