Cincinnati Reds (43-63 SU, 52-54 RL, 56-45-5 O/U) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (51-55 SU, 54-52 RL, 42-58-6 O/U)
When: 7:05 PM EDT, Thursday, August 3, 2017
Where: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
Lines: Pittsburgh -157/ Cincinnati +147
Major League baseball action on Thursday evening and a couple of National League Central Foes will square off as the Cincinnati Reds battle it out with the Pittsburgh Pirates in game three of their three-game series from PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA. Pitching Probables: The Reds will be sending out Sal Romano (2-2, 4.57 ERA) in this and the Pirates will counter with Chad Kuhl (3-7, 4.84 ERA).
Hamilton & Bailey Lead Reds To Game One Surprise
The Cincinnati Reds are going nowhere this year, but they can still make life miserable for other teams and they did that on Tuesday night with a 9-1 win over the Pirates in game one of this series. The Reds have been a horrible road team this year, but don’t tell Pittsburgh that. Leading the attack for the Reds was Billy Hamilton, who had two hits and three RBIs. One of his hits was his 3rd homer of the year. Also having homers was Jesse Winker (1st) and Eugenio Suarez (17th). On the mound, the Reds got a very good start from Homer Bailey, who has really struggled this year. Bailey allowed just one ER on four hits in 6.0 innings of work in the win. He is now 3-5 with a 7.32 ERA on the year. The Reds are still just 18-35 on the road this year so far. Taking the hill for the Reds in this one will be Sal Romano and he has gone 2-2 with a 4.57 ERA in five starts in this his first year in the league, including 1-1 with a 4.61 ERA in his last three starts and 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two starts on the road. He will be facing the Pirates for the first time. Romano was 1-4 with a 3.47 ERA in 10 starts at Louisville (AAA) this year.
Cincinnati has been a below average offensive team this year so far as they come in ranked 18th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.59 rpg, while also ranking 16th in hitting at .254 and 12th in homers with 145. On the mound, they have been poor so far as they come in ranked 30th in the league in ERA at 5.24, while also ranking 28th in WHIP at 1.44.
Taillon Has 2nd Rough Outing in A Row
THe Pittsburgh Pirates need all the wins they can get as they are fighting for a playoff spot. The one thing that they cannot do is lose home games to a team that is just 18-35 on the road. Well, that happened in game one as they fell 9-1 and are now 6.5 games out of first in the National League Central. Jameson Taillon has been one of their better starters this year, but he was hit pretty hard by as struggling Reds’ offense as he allowed eight ERs on 11 hits in just 3.2 innings of work. He has now gone 6-5 with a 4.74 ERA on the year. It was his 2nd horrible start in a row as he allowed nine ERs on nine hits in just three innings of work in an 11-3 loss to the Giants. The Pirates need him to get back on track if they hope to stay in the race. Pittsburgh is still 27-24 at home for the year. The Pirates will trot out Chad Kuhl in this one and he has gone 3-7 with a 4.84 ERA in 21 starts on the year, including 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA in his last three starts and 1-4 with a 6.04 ERA in 10 starts here at home. Kuhl has gone 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA in five career starts in August and he is 3-7 with a 6.39 ERA in 16 career starts here at PNC Park. This will be his first start against the Reds.
Pittsburgh has been a poor offensive team this year so far as they come in ranked 26th in the league in scoring, putting up just 4.22 rpg, while also ranking 23rd in hitting at .247 and 29th in homers with 102. On the mound, they have been average so far as they come in ranked 14th in the league in ERA at 4.24, while also ranking 15th in WHIP at 1.36.
- 6-15 in their last 21 road games vs. a right-handed starter
- 5-17 in their last 22 road games vs. a team with a losing record
- 5-1 in their last six vs. the National League Central
- 4-1 in Kuhl’s last five starts vs. the National League Central
This has not been a good series for the Pirates of late as they have now lost 8 of the last nine between these teams after falling in game one by a score of 9-1. That is a crushing loss for a team that is trying desperately to stay in the race for a wildcards slot or a division title. The Pirates cannot afford losses to a Cincinnati Team that is just 18-35 on the road if they hope to stay in the race for a playoff spot. Chad Kuhl has not pitched well at home in his career and Sal Romano is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two starts on the road, but still I feel that a desperate Pittsburgh team will come out and take this one from a Cincinnati team that is just 4-14 in their last 18 games overall.