Anthony DeSclafani (2-2, 6.27 ERA) and A.J. Burnett (8-18, 4.59 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (2-0) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (0-2) at the Great American Ball Park. The Reds won the last game 5-4 and Cincinnati leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 12:35 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 9 and can be seen on ROOT-PIT and FSN-OH.
DeSclafani will take the mound after recording 33.0 innings last year, closing out the season with a 2-2 record, 6.27 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 26 strikeouts. Todd Frazier (.333 ) had a good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. When pitching against the Reds, Burnett is 7-6 with a 3.71 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 112 strikeouts. Josh Harrison (.333 ) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run.
Pittsburgh is a slim -113 favorite over Cincinnati. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently eight runs. Cincinnati leads the MLB in steals, swiping five bases. As for the pitchers, the Reds are the second-best team in the NL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 1.0 walks per game so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Reds, who lead the NL in strikeouts per game with 13.0.
When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Pirates are second in the NL with an average of 5.0 hits allowed per game.
The Reds have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN, O/U - Over
The Reds are a perfect 2-0 against the division, while the winless Pirates are at 0-2.
The Reds are 1-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Pirates are 0-1 in such matchups.
After a weak showing last week where they got in eight hits, the Pirates need to step it up. The Reds have a record of 2-0 when opponents get eight hits or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Pirates are 0-1. The Reds have a 1-0 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, Pittsburgh has hit one this season. Cincinnati ranks sixth with three home runs.
Ranking 11th, Cincinnati is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 5.00 per game. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 7.00.
Ranking 18th, Pittsburgh is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.582). Cincinnati ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .661.
The Pirates are 0-2 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Reds are 1-0 when they allow at least one homer.