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 Post subject: Game 129: Pirates at Reds
PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:20 am 
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At Great American Park
Game time: 7:10 PM ET
Probable starters:
PIT: Ivan Nova (11-10 3.81 ERA)
CIN: Robert Stephenson (1-4, 6.13 ERA)

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The Pirates continue to play catchup in the National League Central race. One reason they've cited for their fall down the standings? Their performance against sub-.500 teams, particularly the division-rival Reds.

The Reds have won eight of their 10 matchups against the Pirates this season entering a three-game series at Great American Ball Park on Players Weekend, when the clubs will wear specially designed uniforms and caps -- with nicknames on the back of their jerseys -- to go along with more colorful gear.

The Pirates debuted the Players Weekend uniforms last Sunday at the MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pa., and they will wear them again in Friday's series opener. The Reds won't wear the special gear Friday due to a prior commitment to Military Appreciation Day, but they'll sport the more relaxed look Saturday and Sunday.

The Reds swept the Bucs at PNC Park in April, took three of four in Cincinnati in May and then won a three-game set in Pittsburgh earlier this month.

The Pirates will try to solve the Reds on Friday behind right-hander Ivan Nova. Coming off what manager Clint Hurdle called a "gritty" start Sunday, Nova has struggled to a 5.25 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in two starts against Cincinnati this season. He'll line up against right-hander Robert Stephenson, who limited Pittsburgh to one run over 5 2/3 innings on Aug. 2.

Things to know about this game

• Nova has thrown just 5.1 percent of his pitches in three-ball counts this season, the lowest rate among all pitchers with at least 1,500 total pitches. However, he tied a season high by recording four outs in three-ball counts in his last start, his first time doing that since his season debut.

• Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez on Wednesday became the fourth player to hit at least 20 home runs in a single season at Great American Ball Park, which opened in 2003. He enters the series batting .284 with 20 homers and 44 RBIs at home this season. The other Reds to slug at least 20 homers at Great American Ball Park are Adam Dunn (2004-06), Jay Bruce ('12) and Todd Frazier ('14).

• The Pirates' next 28 games will come against NL Central opponents, a stretch that will take them until Sept. 24. In addition to their nine matchups with the Reds, the Bucs will play the Cubs seven times, the Cardinals six times and the Brewers six times. Their final six games of the season are out of the division: two against the Orioles and four against the Nationals.


http://m.mlb.com/news/article/201708242 ... _pk=492017

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