The Cincinnati Reds (44-65) had their streak of six consecutive series wins snapped with a 5-3 loss last night. Today at 1:35, the Reds will try to avoid being swept by the Pittsburgh Pirates (55-53) at PNC Park.
Dan Straily’s surprisingly solid 2016 campaign has continued. In his last four starts, he has a 1.69 ERA with 21 strikeouts and just 6 walks in 26.2 IP. He has thrown six consecutive quality starts.
Gerrit Cole has been very good for the Pirates when he has stayed on the field. The problem for the Pirates is that he has battled injuries all season. His last three starts have been very good, as he has a 1.35 ERA with 17 K and 3 BB (one of those starts was a complete game, three-hit shutout against the Mariners). Cole has however struggled in his career against the Reds. He is 0-5 with a 5.30 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 7 career starts against the Reds.
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The Reds had a nice little streak going, but those pesky Pirates have put a stop to that. The Reds should try to avoid being swept today. That is never good. Go Reds!
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.