After a 4-1 start in interleague play, the Pirates get their first National League competition a week into the season, hosting the Reds in a four-game set.
Cincinnati was swept at home by the Nationals in a three-game series to start the season. The Reds beat the Cubs on Monday, then were rained out Tuesday and off Wednesday, so they’re coming off two days of rest.
Thursday, 7:05 p.m. — Homer Bailey (0-1, 1.50 ERA) vs. Steven Brault (1-0, 0.00), TV: MLB Network
Friday, 7:05 p.m. — Luis Castillo (0-1, 10.80) vs. Trevor Williams (1-0, 0.00), TV: MLB Network
Saturday, 7:05 p.m. — Sal Romano (0-1, 4.50) vs. Chad Kuhl (1-0, 6.35), TV: AT&T SportsNet, MLB Network (out of market)
Sunday, 1:35 p.m. — Tyler Mahle (1-0, 0.00) vs. Jameson Taillon (1-0, 3.38), TV: AT&T SportsNet
Scooter Gennett is hitting .471 (8-for-17) this season, so obviously he’s broken out and last season was no fluke. Joey Votto, though, is mired in a .200/.294/.200 slump. He’s clearly washed up. The Reds to recently locked up Eugenio Suarez to a seven-year extension guaranteeing him $66 million, which seems prudent.
Tyler Mahle, 23, has the one win on this staff, having blanked the Cubs over six innings on Monday, with seven strikeouts and two walks. You know of Luis Castillo from your fantasy draft. Mahle and Castillo aren’t particularly hyped up, but they’re two young bright spots that could help bring a little stability to a Reds staff that’s seen a tumultuous few years. Jared Hughes has appeared in three of the Reds’ four games so far, with a strikeout, a walk and a run in 2 1-3 innings.
We know it’s incredibly early, but I get the sense that wins feel better than losses even at this stage.
How does this series go?
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Win four/lose one is an acceptable pace. Pirates sweep.