The Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates play two today to make up a game rained out back on May 10th. There’s a lot of rain in the forecast today, too, so hopefully they will get these games in. While the Reds are on the verge of mathematical elimination from the playoffs, the Pirates are still within a believable miracle of grabbing a wild card slot. On the line for the Pirates is their streak of hosting three consecutive wild card play-in games.
STARTING PITCHERS – GAME 1 @ 12:10pm
Game one features a matchup of these clubs best two pitchers. Taillon leads the Pirates pitchers in WAR. DeSclafani is back after having his last scheduled start skipped. He last pitched September 7th against the New York Mets.
STARTING PITCHERS – GAME 2 @ 6:10pm
Trevor Williams is taking the rotation spot held by Gerrit Cole, who was shut down for the season this past week. Williams minor league career 6.5 K/9. Last week against the Pirates, Brandon Finnegan pitched 5 shutout innings, needing 95 pitches and walking 5 batters. Despite the high pitch counts, Finnegan has allowed two or fewer runs in five straight starts.
I DON’T GET IT
The Reds underuse the disabled list all season, then with expanded rosters put two players (Reeds and Hamilton) on the DL?
Typically, with expanded rosters in September, placing players on the DL during the season’s final month isn’t done. According to the Reds, the transactions were considered procedural moves, since neither player was currently able to play. The club did it to keep track of its disabled list and games missed data.
The Reds elimination number is down to one. So, today could be the day that they are officially bounced out of the playoffs, even if they sweep the Pirates. The Pirates are looking to cut their 5.5 game deficit, and get back into this thing. I’d like to see the Reds squash their dreams a second time in two weeks!