Alfredo Simon (1-3, 9.86 ERA) and Juan Nicasio (3-3, 4.02 ERA) start in the second of a two-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (14-19) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (17-15) at the Great American Ball Park. The Reds won the last game 3-2, and Cincinnati leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 11 and can be seen on FSOH and RTPT.
Simon pitched 7.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out five and walking one in a 9-5 win over the Brewers. Brandon Phillips (.284, 16 Rs, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 Monday. Nicasio went 4.1 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out three and walking three in a 6-2 defeat to the Cubs in his last outing. Starling Marte (.341, 19 Rs, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Pirates, going 2 for 4 Monday with one stolen base.
The odds for Cincinnati and Pittsburgh are Pirates -140, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.5.
The Reds lead the season series, 4-3.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
The Reds currently sit below .500 against the NL Central Division at 8-13, and the Pirates have a 10-9 record.
When leading after seven innings, Pittsburgh is 8-10, while Cincinnati is 7-9.
The Pirates are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Reds have a 6-13 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 9-4. The Pirates have a 14-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th in runs, Cincinnati has earned 135 this season. Pittsburgh ranks eighth with 158 runs.
Ranking 29th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 78 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five with 131.
The Reds are 11-10 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Pirates are 11-7 when they hit at least one homer.