Monday, Sept. 26, the Pittsburgh Pirates (56-97) continue their homestand against the Cincinnati Reds (67-86). First pitch is expected to be around 6:35 p.m at PNC Park.
The Pirates’ bullpen and errors cost them a chance at a four-game series split against the Cubs on Sunday as they fell by a score of 8-3. The Pirates have now lost nine out of their last ten contests.
The Reds are fresh off of a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday but have lost seven of their last 10 games.
The game will be aired on AT&T Sportsnet PIT and can be heard on 93.7 The Fan
It’s looking like another brisk evening in Pittsburgh, with temperatures around 60 degrees and cloudy at first pitch. Winds are expected to be around 12 mph and blow west.
The Pirates will send out Roansy Contreras (5-5, 3.68 ERA) to kick the series off.
Contreras in his last start last Wednesday had a rough time against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Contreras gave up six earned runs in 4.2 innings on six hits and two walks. Contreras also struck out 10 batters, becoming the first Pirates’ pitcher to record at least 10 strikeouts in less than five innings in franchise history.
The Reds will send out Chase Anderson (2-3, 5.21 ERA) to combat Contreras Monday night.
Anderson, in his last two starts, has gone a combined 10 innings and given up just two earned runs on four hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts. Those two starts were against the Boston Red Sox (Sept 21.) and the St. Louis Cardinals (Sept. 15.)
For the first time in a long time, the Pirates are favorites on the moneyline. The Pirates are -142 favorites, whereas the Reds are +120 underdogs. Pittsburgh’s runline of -1.5 can be had at +141 odds and Cincinnati’s +1.5 is at -171. The O/U opens up at 8 runs.
Who’s Hot/Who’s Not
Who’s Hot: Oneil Cruz and Ke’Bryan Hayes were the only Pirates batters with multi-hit games Sunday. Both of Cruz’s hits were singles, but yet again, were hit with authority. One of the singles went 113.7 mph, which topped the list that game.
Who’s Not: Jason Delay has seen better days with the Pirates. Delay’s Sunday included a passed ball, two errors, and going hitless at the plate.
- Rookie Luis Ortiz’s 15 swings and misses on Friday night against the Cubs were the second-most by a Pirates this season. The only other pitchers with more are JT Brubaker and Roansy Contreras with 19 each.
- Coming into Monday, the average age of Pittsburgh’s current starting rotation is 24 years and 4 days. Mitch
Keller is the oldest of the group at 26 years and 174 days, followed by Bryse Wilson (24 years and 279 days),
Johan Oviedo (24 years, 207 days) and Contreras (22 years, 322 days).
- After Sunday’s 8-3 loss to the Cubs, the Pirates are now 9-77 when scoring four runs or less.
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