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Series Preview: Pirates at Reds

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San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Pirates (80-78) need one win in the season’s final weekend to officially finish over .500, two wins to avoid the awkwardness of finishing 81-80 in a 160-game season.

A sweep for the Reds (66-93) would allow them to better their 2017 record; two Cincinnati wins would match it.

Playing out the string, the Reds have gone 9-15 in September. They’ve lost five in a row, including both games in a home set with the Royals this week.

The Pirates are 14-9 in September, having split a four-game series versus the Cubs in Chicago.

Season Series: 12-4 Pirates

At Pittsburgh

April 5: Pirates 5, Reds 2

April 6: Pirates 14, Reds 3

April 7: Reds 7, Pirates 4

April 8: Pirates 5, Reds 0

At Cincinnati

May 22: Reds 7, Pirates 2

May 23: Pirates 5, Reds 4, 12 innings

May 24: Reds 5, Pirates 4

At Pittsburgh

June 15: Pirates 3, Reds 2

June 16: Pirates 6, Reds 2

June 17: Reds 8, Pirates 6

At Cincinnati

July 20: Pirates 12, Reds 1

July 21: Pirates 6, Reds 2

July 22: Pirates 9, Reds 2

At Pittsburgh

September 3: Pirates 5, Reds 1

September 4: Pirates 7, Reds 3

September 5: Pirates 3, Reds 2

Schedule

Friday, 6:40 p.m. — Nick Kingham (5-7, 5.23 ERA) vs. Anthony DeSclafani (7-7, 4.91); TV: AT&T SportsNet

Saturday, 4:10 p.m. — Jameson Taillon (14-9, 3.16) vs. Michael Lorenzen (3-2, 3.35); TV: AT&T SportsNet

Sunday, 3:10 p.m. — TBD vs. TBD; TV: AT&T SportsNet

* — It appears all games this weekend are available for free through MLB.TV.

Poll

How many games will the Pirates win against the Reds?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    3
    (20 votes)
  • 63%
    2
    (75 votes)
  • 13%
    1
    (16 votes)
  • 6%
    0
    (8 votes)
119 votes total Vote Now