Robert Stephenson (2-1, 4.43 ERA) and Ryan Vogelsong (3-5, 4.66 ERA) take the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (62-83) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (71-74) at the Great American Ball Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 16 and can be seen on FSOH and RTPT.
Stephenson pitched 3.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out two and walking two in an 8-7 win over the Pirates. Joey Votto (.318, 89 Rs, 24 HRs, 84 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday. Vogelsong went 4.0 innings, surrendering six runs and walking three in an 8-0 defeat to the Reds in his last outing. Gregory Polanco (.264, 76 Rs, 21 HRs, 83 RBIs, 13 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Pirates, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs and one RBI.
The Reds hold a 27-32 record this season against teams in the NL Central Division. The Pirates' record in these matchups is 27-35.
When leading after seven innings, Pittsburgh is 29-34, while Cincinnati is 31-39.
The Pirates are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 15 runs. The Reds have a 0-4 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 47-14. The Pirates have a 47-12 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th in runs, Cincinnati has earned 637 this season. Pittsburgh ranks 15th with 652 runs.
Ranking 24th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.723). Pittsburgh ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .737.
When the Pirates allow at least one home run, they are 36-59, well-matched with the Reds who are 41-69 when allowing at least one homer.