Dan Straily (1-1, 3.56 ERA) and Jonathon Niese (3-1, 5.94 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (13-19) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (17-14) at the Great American Ball Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 9 and can be seen on FSOH and RTPT.
Straily pitched 6.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking two in a 7-4 win over the Giants. Adam Duvall (.258, 12 Rs, 6 HRs, 11 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Niese went 5.0 innings, surrendering six runs, striking out three and walking five in a 7-1 defeat to the Cubs in his most recent start. Starling Marte (.336, 19 Rs, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 5 yesterday with two runs.
The odds for Cincinnati and Pittsburgh are Pirates -125, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 9 as of now.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
The Reds currently sit below .500 against the NL Central Division at 7-13, and the Pirates have a 10-8 record.
The Reds managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Pirates who are coming in with a 9-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Pirates are 2-9. The Reds have a 4-15 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 20th in home runs, Pittsburgh has hit 30 this season. Cincinnati ranks 13th with 33 home runs.
Pittsburgh tops the league in hits with 10.10 per game this season. Cincinnati ranks near the bottom at 28th with 7.56.
Ranking 22nd, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.691). Pittsburgh ranks in the top five with an OPS of .801.
When the Pirates allow at least one home run, they are 9-11. When the Reds allow one or more homers, they have an 11-18 record.