The Cincinnati Reds (60-67) will try to rebound from a disastrous 9th inning loss yesterday. The Reds will play game 2 of their 11-game road trip against the Pittsburgh Pirates (53-75) tonight at 7:05 PM.

Starting Pitchers

Alex Wood has a career 2.70 ERA in 9 appearances (8 starts) with 50 K and 9 BB against the Pirates. This will be his 4th start at PNC Park, where he has a 2.84 ERA.

Trevor Williams has a 8.30 ERA/6.99 FIP since June 1st. Both of those numbers are the worst in the MLB of anyone with 50+ IP. Williams dominated the Reds in two starts in the first week and half of the season, allowing just 3 ER in 12.0 IP with 9 K and 1 BB. Williams has a career 3.38 ERA in 10 appearances (7 starts) against the Reds.

Starting Lineups 

Reds Pirates 
1. Josh VanMeter (LF)
2. Freddy Galvis (2B)
3. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
4. Aristides Aquino (RF)
5. Tucker Barnhart (C)
6. Jose Iglesias (SS)
7. Derek Dietrich (1B)
8. Phillip Ervin (CF)
9. Alex Wood (P)
1. Kevin Newman (2B)
2. Bryan Reynolds (LF)
3. Starling Marte (CF)
4. Josh Bell (1B)
5. Jose Osuna (3B)
6. Pablo Reyes (RF)
7. Jacob Stallings (C)
8. Erik Gonzalez (SS)
9. Trevor Williams (P)

News and notes

Curt Casali was activated and Brian O’Grady was sent back to Louisville. Casali has a 104 wRC+ since the start of 2018. That’s the 10th best among the 55 MLB catchers with 300+ PA.

Aristedes Aquino has a 212 wRC+ on the season. That is the best of anyone in the MLB with 70+ PA.

Conclusion 

Just please don’t lose a series to the Pirates.