Series Preview: Pirates vs. Reds

Pirates vs Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates (8-11)


Cincinnati Reds (8-10)

Monday, April 21st – 7:05 pm
Tuesday, April 22nd – 7:05 pm
Wednesday, April 23rd – 7:05 pm
Thursday, April 24th – 12:35 pm

PNC Park – Pittsburgh, PA


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An easily winnable series against the Brewers this weekend turned into a ugly series loss thanks to Jason Grilli‘s two blown saves and an erratic offense. Having lost eight of their last 10, the Bucs turn around with another four-game set at PNC Park. Johnny Cueto and the Cincinnati Reds are in town for the first time since the Bucs eliminated them last October.

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Probable Pitchers

Monday – Francisco Liriano (0-3, 3.96) vs. Mike Leake (2-1, 2.95)

Tuesday – Edinson Volquez (1-0, 1.71) vs. Johnny Cueto (1-2, 1.50)

Wednesday – Charlie Morton (0-2, 4.32) vs. Alfredo Simon (2-1, 0.86)

Thursday – TBD vs. Tony Cingrani (1-2, 3.22)

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News, Notes, Storylines

– Monday night’s game will be televised nationally on ESPN. We should be able to see it in the Pittsburgh market, too, since the Pens game will be airing on ROOT.

– Who would’ve thought we’d be looking forward to Edinson Volquez starts already? Help us.

– Despite throwing to hitters like it’s batting practice so far, Wandy Rodriguez is still penciled in for Thursday’s start.

UPDATE: Wandy has been placed on the disabled list with “right knee inflammation.” Interesting stuff. Jared Hughes has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Joey Votto is on fire since moving into the second spot of the Reds’ lineup, hitting .393/.541/.750.

Billy Hamilton, who couldn’t buy a hit early on, has seven hits in his last 18 at-bats.

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Opponent Blogs

Redleg Nation | Red Reporter | Blog Red Machine

What they’re saying:

[quote_simple]”The Reds will look to continue their recent offensive surge against the struggling Pirates pitching staff. That includes closer Jason Grilli, who blew back-to-back saves against the Brewers the last two days. Grilli blew only two saves all of last season.” – Redleg Nation[/quote_simple]

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Player to Watch

Johnny Cueto… Dominated the Pirates last week at GABP, pitching a complete game three-hit shutout, striking out 12 and walking none. Welcome back to PNC Park.

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Prediction Time

Is three out of four too much to ask for? Bucs need to get back on track. Do it.

Go Bucs

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