Pittsburgh Pirates (11-24) at Cincinnati Reds (16-21)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
() () vs. Trevor Bauer (3-2) (2.13)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds / Pittsburgh Pirates --- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Friday in game two of an MLB doubleheader at PNC Park.
The Cincinnati Reds need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Reds have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Reds have won five of their last six games when scoring four or more runs. Jesse Winker leads the Reds with 33 hits and 17 RBI while Nick Castellanos and Joey Votto have combined for 58 hits and 36 RBI. Trevor Bauer gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 2.13 ERA and 54 strikeouts this season. Bauer is 2-1 with a 4.96 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Pirates have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Pirates have won six of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Adam Frazier leads the Pirates with 28 hits and 15 RBI while Erik Gonzalez and Kevin Newman have combined for 53 hits and 25 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t list a starting pitcher at the time this article was published.
Will update with trends once they're released.
Trevor Bauer has allowed eight runs and 17 hits in his last 31.2 innings, and he's allowing a .144 batting average and .221 on base percentage this season. Bauer has had a bit of a walk issue lately and has given up a combined seven earned runs in his last two starts, but he's still a better pitching option than what the Pirates have to offer given that their team is 21st in the league in team ERA and 27th in team WHIP. It's always tough to predict the second game of a doubleheader without knowing what happened in the first game, but the Reds should like their chances with Bauer on the mound.
Give me the Cincinnati Reds and whatever the line ends up being.