Wednesday, Sept. 28, the Pittsburgh Pirates (58-97) continue their homestand against the Cincinnati Reds (67-88). The first pitch is expected to be around 12:35 p.m. at PNC Park in the series finale
Newly acquired Miguel Andujar dug in deep on Tuesday night’s win for the Pirates. Andujar blasted a three-run double off the north side notch to seal a 4-1 victory over the Reds.
The game will be aired on AT&T Sportsnet PIT/MLB Network and heard on 93.7 The Fan.
Another chilly day is to be expected in Pittsburgh. Temperatures will be around 56 degrees at first pitch. Rain will appear through 4 p.m., and a slight 7 mph wind will blow northwest.
The Pirates will send out Bryse Wilson (3-9, 5.95 ERA) to secure the three-game sweep.
Wilson had a tough time harnessing his control in his last start on Sept. 23. Wilson walked three Cubs in five innings and gave up two earned runs for a no-decision. As of late, Wilson has favored his curveball, using it 24% of the time in his last start.
The Reds will send out Luis Cessa (4-4, 4.78 ERA).
Cessa, like Wilson, struggled with his command in his last start. On Sept. 23, Cessa walked four Brewers and gave up two earned runs on six hits. Cessa failed to get out of the fifth inning and pitched just 4.2 innings. Cessa used his four-pitch mix rather evenly. Cessa offered a slider (34%), four-seam (27%), changeup (23%), and sinker (16%).
The Pirates open up as slight favorites on the moneyline at -120, whereas the Reds are +100 underdogs. Pittsburgh’s runeline of -1.5 can be had at +175 odds, and Cincinnati’s -1.5 is listed at -210 odds. The O/U opens at 8 runs.
Who’s Hot/Who’s Not
Who’s Hot: Ji-Hwan Bae had a tremendous night at the plate, going two for three with a double. Oneil Cruz also had a multi-hit game, going two for five with a double and his ninth stolen base.
Who’s Not: Zack Collins got the hat trick for strikeouts on Tuesday, going hitless in four at-bats.
- Mitch Keller might not have had his best stuff on Tuesday, but he maintained his composure through five innings and even dropped his ERA from 3.99 to 3.92.
- The Pirates have now taken six straight games against the Reds. This winning streak against their division rivals is tied for the longest streak. The last time the Pirates have taken six-straight was in 2019, from March 31 – May 1.
- Miguel Andujar is now the 66th player used for the Pirates in the 2022 season. The Pirates are now tied for the most players used in a season in all MLB with the Reds.
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