Alfredo Simon (1-3, 9.86 ERA) and Juan Nicasio (3-3, 3.16 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-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 Tuesday, May. 10 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 yesterday. Nicasio went 4.1 innings, surrendering four, 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 yesterday with one stolen base.
The odds for Cincinnati and Pittsburgh are Pirates -135, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.
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.
Cincinnati has won 44% (7-9) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Pittsburgh has won 44% (8-10) of its games when taking a late lead.
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 16th in runs, Cincinnati has earned 135 this season. Pittsburgh ranks sixth 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 at third with 131.
When the Reds hit at least one home run, they are 11-10. When the Pirates hit at least one homer, they have an 11-7 record.