Drew Hutchison (1-0, 4.97 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (69-70) meet Robert Stephenson (2-1, 3.12 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds (58-82) in the third of a four-game division series at PNC Park. The Reds won the last game 4-3, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 10 and will air on FSOH and RTPT.
Gregory Polanco (.269, 72 Rs, 21 HRs, 82 RBIs, 12 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 4. The Reds were unsuccessful the last time Stephenson pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 5.1 innings, giving up two runs, striking out nine and walking one in a 5-0 loss to the Mets. Joey Votto (.313, 85 Rs, 22 HRs, 81 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Reds, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
The Pirates hold a 27-33 record this season against teams in the NL Central Division. The Reds' record in these matchups is 23-31.
Pittsburgh has won 44% (27-34) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Cincinnati has won 44% (31-39) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Reds managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Pirates who are heading in with a 36-26 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 43-14. The Pirates have a 45-12 record when outhitting opponents.
Pittsburgh and Cincinnati both rank in the bottom half of the league in runs. Pittsburgh sits at 17th with 621 runs this season and Cincinnati ranks 18th with 612.
Ranking 25th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.720). Pittsburgh ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .736.
When the Reds allow at least one home run, they are 39-68, well-matched with the Pirates who are 36-56 when allowing at least one homer.