Anthony DeSclafani (8-3, 2.93 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds (62-84) square off against Jameson Taillon (3-4, 3.27 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (72-74) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a four-game series at the Great American Ball Park. The Pirates won the last game 9-7, and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 12:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 17 and can be seen on FSOH and RTPT.
DeSclafani pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs (one unearned), striking out seven and walking one in a 6-3 defeat to the Mets. Joey Votto (.318, 91 Rs, 24 HRs, 85 RBIs, 8 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs and one RBI. Taillon went 5.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking one in a 4-3 win over the Cardinals in his most recent start. Gregory Polanco (.265, 78 Rs, 22 HRs, 85 RBIs, 13 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Pirates, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
The Reds are 27-33 against their divisional rivals, while the Pirates are 28-35 against their division.
The Reds managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Pirates who are coming in with an 11-11 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Pirates have a slight leg up on the Reds, as the Pirates have won their last two games while the Reds have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 47-14. The Pirates have a 48-12 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th in runs, Cincinnati has earned 644 this season. Pittsburgh ranks 15th with 661 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 .739.
When the Pirates allow at least one home run, they are 37-59, well-matched with the Reds who are 41-70 when allowing at least one homer.