Series Preview: Pirates vs. Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds

May 28, 2012 1:35 pm
May 29, 2012 7:05 pm
May 30, 2012 7:05 pm


PNC Park

Probable Pitchers
James McDonald (3-2, 2.51 ERA) vs. Bronson Arroyo (2-2, 3.22 ERA)
Charlie Morton (2-5, 4.27 ERA) vs. Homer Bailey (3-3, 4.19 ERA)
A.J. Burnett (3-2, 4.19 ERA) vs. Johnny Cueto (5-2, 2.53 ERA)

Series Notes
The Reds have taken over first place in the Central, and have a 1.5 game lead over the Cardinals, with a record of 27-20… The Pirates, fresh off a sweep of the Cubs, are just one game under the .500 mark and 4.0 games back of the Reds… Former Pirate Bronson Arroyo has five quality starts in his nine outings this season… Andrew McCutchen is just 1 for 16 (.063) vs. Arroyo, but that one hit was a home run…James McDonald is still on a roll, and has held his opponents to a .184 batting average in his last six starts… Brandon Phillips is 6 for 13 (.462) vs. J-Mac… Homer Bailey has seven quality starts this season, and is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in his last three starts… Charlie Morton is 4-5 with a 3.33 ERA in his career vs. Cincinnati; he has been struggling as of late… Johnny Cueto is 1-2 with a 6.89 ERA in his last three games, and said that his breaking ball was lacking… A.J. Burnett is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in his last three starts… There are no PNC Park promotions for this series.

Go Bucs

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