Dan Straily (12-8, 3.81 ERA) and Ivan Nova (12-6, 4.03 ERA) start in the last of a four-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (62-86) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (74-74) at the Great American Ball Park. The Pirates won the last game 7-3, and Pittsburgh can finish out the series sweep with a win in this game. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 18 and can be seen on RTPT.
Straily pitched 8.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 6-4 win over the Brewers. Adam Duvall (.240, 78 Rs, 31 HRs, 92 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. Nova went 6.0 innings, surrendering two, striking out 11 and walking one in a 5-3 win over the Phillies in his most recent start. Starling Marte (.311, 71 Rs, 9 HRs, 46 RBIs, 47 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
The Reds hold a 27-35 record this season against teams in the NL Central Division. The Pirates' record in these matchups is 30-35.
The Reds managed to give up nine walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Pirates who are coming in with a 2-1 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 four games while the Reds have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 47-14. The Pirates have a 49-12 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th, Cincinnati is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 651 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top half at 13th with 678.
Ranking 23rd, 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 .741.
When the Pirates allow at least one home run, they are 39-59, well-matched with the Reds who are 41-72 when allowing at least one homer.