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Series preview: Pirates close out season vs. Reds

It’s the final series of the year!

Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

Cincinnati Reds (82-77) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (59-100), October 1-3, 2021

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

TV: AT&T Sports Pittsburgh

Radio: KDKA-AM

Reds SB Nation Site: Red Reporter

It’s the final series of the season, and the Pirates are hosting the Reds.

Here’s a look at what we can expect this weekend:

Projected Starters

Friday, 6:35 p.m. EST

Luis Castillo (8-16, 4.05 ERA) vs. Wil Crowe (4-8, 5.77 ERA)

Saturday, 6:35 p.m. EST

Tyler Mahle (13-6, 3.54 ERA) vs. Max Kranick (2-3, 6.23 ERA)

Sunday, 3:05 p.m. EST

Reiver Sanmartin (1-0, 1.59) vs. TBD

Projected Lineups


  1. Jonathan India (R) 2B
  2. Max Schrock (L) LF
  3. Nick Castellanos (R) RF
  4. Joey Votto (L) 1B
  5. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
  6. Kyle Farmer (R) SS
  7. Delino DeShields (R) CF
  8. Tucker Barnhart (L) C
  9. Starting Pitcher


  1. Michael Chavis (R) 3B
  2. Yoshi Tsutsugo (L) RF
  3. Bryan Reynolds (S) CF
  4. Colin Moran (L) 1B
  5. Jacob Stallings (R) C
  6. Anthony Alford (R) LF
  7. Cole Tucker (S) 2B
  8. Kevin Newman (R) SS
  9. Starting Pitcher

Alas, the 2021 season is coming to an end.

Even though the Pirates have lost 100 games for the first time since 2010, there’s only three chances left to watch our beloved Buccos until 2022.

So enjoy the moment because you won’t realize how much you miss it until it’s gone.