Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Series Preview and Notes

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Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Series Preview and Notes
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The Cincinnati Reds (42-28, second in NL Central) are set to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates (41-28, third in NL Central) in a four-game series starting on Monday at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Both teams are trying to keep pace with the NL Central- and Major League-leading St. Louis Cardinals (44-25, first in NL Central). The Reds trail the Cardinals by 2.5 games while the Pirates are three games behind.

The Reds have won nine of their 11 home series this season, posting an impressive 24-12 record at Great American Ball Park.

Cincinnati is 2-4 against the Pirates this season but all six games were played in Pittsburgh. They were swept in the first series and won two of three in the second series.

 

Pitchers

Monday, June 17 at 7:10 p.m. ET

Mike Leake (6-3, 2.76 ERA) got a win in his last start against Pittsburgh on June 1 when he threw six innings of shutout baseball. He is 2-1 in his last three starts, giving up four earned runs on 16 hits while striking out 14 over 19 innings.

 

Tuesday, June 18 at 7:10 p.m. ET

Mat Latos (6-0, 3.08 ERA) hasn’t lost a game in his 21 starts, a Reds franchise record. He got a no-decision against the Pirates on June 2, only giving up two hits while striking out seven in six innings. He is 1-0 with a 3.32 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 16 innings in his last three starts.

 

Wednesday, June 19 at 7:10 p.m. ET

Bronson Arroyo (6-5, 3.27 ERA) is 1-0 with a 1.66 ERA and 12 strikeouts over 21 and two-thirds innings in his last three starts. Even though he gave up three runs on 12 hits in seven and two-thirds innings to the Milwaukee Brewers in his last start, Arroyo said "that's as good as I've felt all year as far as deep in the ballgame.”

 

Thursday, June 20 at 12:35 p.m. ET

Homer Bailey (4-5, 3.80 ERA) is 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 22 innings in his last three starts. He was credited with the loss on Saturday when he gave up six earned runs on eight hits over eight innings to the Brewers.

 

Things to Watch on Offense

Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo are still first and second in the majors in walks with 53 and 48, respectively. They are also still second and third in on-base percentage at .437 and .428, respectively.

Brandon Phillips leads Cincinnati and is tied for fourth in the majors in RBI with 56.

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Jay Bruce is third in the majors in doubles (22) and 14th in RBI with 47. He leads the Reds in home runs with 12.

 

All stats courtesy of MLB.com


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