Pittsburgh Pirates (11-14 SU, 13-12 RL, 11-13-1 O/U) vs Cincinnati Reds (12-13 SU, 14-11 RL, 14-9-2 O/U)
When: 7:10 PM EDT, Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Where: Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio
Lines: Pittsburgh -123/ Cincinnati +113
National League Central Division MLB action on Wednesday evening and the Pittsburgh Pirates will duke it out with the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio in game three of their four-game series. The Reds took game one of this series by a score of 4-3 in 10 innings and they have now won the last five games in this series. Pitching Probables: Jameson Taillon vs Rookie Davis.
Harrison Hits Two Homers, Pirates Still Lose Game One
The Pittsburgh Pirates are off to a rather bad start and are now in last place in the National League Central after falling to the Reds in game one of this series by a score of 4-3 in 10 innings. In that game, they were led by Josh Harrison, who hit two homers and now has four on the year. He has hit .313 on the year but has just eight RBIs so far. The Pirates got their other run in the game on a homer by Andrew McCutchen. He is off to a slow start as he is hitting just .247 with four homers and 13 RBIs thus far. The Pirates really need him to get going and maybe that homer was a step in the right direction. Getting the nod for the Pirates will be Jameson Taillon and he has gone 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in five starts this year, including 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA in three road starts. Taillon has gone 5-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 10 career starts on the road and he is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in three career starts against the Reds, including 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in one start here at Great American Ballpark.
Pittsburgh has been a poor offensive team this year so far as they come in ranked 25th in the league in scoring, putting up just 3.72 rpg, while also ranking 22nd in hitting at .237 and 27th in homers with 23. On the mound, they have been solid in the early going as they come in ranked 7th in the league in ERA at 3.79, while also ranking 24th in WHIP at 1.36.
Reds Get Strong Outing From Garrett
The Reds have been having issues on the mound this year and it has taken away from their offense that they have put up. The Reds recently had a stretch where they allowed 8.4 rpg over a seven game stretch, but now they have allowed just seven runs over their last two games after taking game one of this series by a score of 4-3. Rookie Amir Garrett came up with the big effort on the mound in that game as he allowed just two ERs on two hits in seven innings of work. Both hits were homers and he got a no-decision in the game, but still, it was a strong outing and he is now 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA on the year. They need more efforts like that if they hope to be in the race for a playoff spot as their offense has been very solid in the early going. Toeing the rubber for the Reds will be Rookie Davis and he has gone 0-1 with an 11.17 ERA in three starts in this his first year in the league. Last year in the minors he was 10-5 with a 3.82 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) for Louisville (AAA) and Pensacola (AA).
Cincinnati has been a solid offensive team this year so far as they come in ranked 8th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.72 rpg, while also ranking 12th in hitting at .251 and 8th in homers with 34. On the mound, they have been very poor in the early going as they come in ranked 24th in the league in ERA at 4.54, while also ranking 18th in WHIP at 1.31.
- 8-1 in Taillon’s last nine starts with four days of rest
- 14-6 in Taillon’s last 20 starts on grass
- 3-7 in their last 10 Wednesday games
- 1-5 in their last six home games vs. a team with a losing record
The Pirates took a tough loss in game one3 of this series and have now fallen to last place in the division, as of this writing. The Reds have the offensive edge in this game, but the Pirates have a big edge on the mound and I feel that is where the game will be won for them. Jameson Taillon has a strong 2.08 ERA on the year overall, including a 0.47 ERA in his three road starts, while Rookie Davis has a very weak 11.17 ERA in his first three career starts this year. The Pirate offense should wake up in this one, while Taillon does the rest.