In the last of a four-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (69-71) and the Cincinnati Reds (59-82) at PNC Park, Ryan Vogelsong (3-4, 4.07 ERA) and Brandon Finnegan (8-10, 4.17 ERA) get the ball. The Reds won the last game 8-7, and Cincinnati leads the series 2-1. The game gets underway at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 11 and will air on RTPT.
In his last start, Vogelsong pitched 4.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out two and walking one in a 9-7 loss to the Cardinals. Starling Marte (.311, 71 Rs, 9 HRs, 46 RBIs, 47 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The Reds were also unsuccessful the last time Finnegan pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 5.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out six and walking four in a 5-3 loss to the Mets. Joey Votto (.318, 87 Rs, 23 HRs, 82 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Reds, going 4 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
The Pirates hold a 27-34 record this season against teams in the NL Central Division. The Reds' record in these matchups is 24-31.
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 seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Pirates who are heading in with a 5-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 9-62. The Pirates have a 16-54 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Pittsburgh ranks 26th with 131 homers and Cincinnati is 21st with 146.
Ranking 20th, Cincinnati is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 407 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 466.
When the Pirates hit at least one home run, they are 49-32. When the Reds hit at least one homer, they have a 43-43 record.