Ivan Nova (11-6, 4.34 ERA) and Dan Straily (11-7, 3.83 ERA) start in the first of a four-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (68-69) and the Cincinnati Reds (57-81) at PNC Park. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sep. 8 and can be seen on FSOH and RTPT.
Nova pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking one in a 7-4 defeat to the Brewers. Gregory Polanco (.266, 71 Rs, 21 HRs, 82 RBIs, 12 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. Straily went 5.2 innings, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking seven in a 9-1 win over the Cardinals in his last outing. Joey Votto (.312, 85 Rs, 22 HRs, 80 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The Pirates are 26-32 against their divisional rivals, while the Reds are 22-30 against their division.
The Pirates are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Reds have an 18-48 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 9-61. The Pirates have a 16-53 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Pittsburgh ranks 26th with 130 homers and Cincinnati is 21st with 144.
Ranking 18th, Cincinnati is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 403 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 with 450.
The Pirates are 49-31 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Reds are 41-43 when they hit at least one homer.