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Cincinnati0 0 4 0 2 0 2 1 x 9110
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3:40 PM PT4:40 PM MT5:40 PM CT6:40 PM ET18:40 ET22:40 GMT6:40 3:40 PM MST5:40 PM EST6:10 PM VEN2:40 UAE (+1)4:40 PM CT, September 20, 2021
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 17,086

Reds host Pirates with NL wild card spot still within grasp

According to STATS
According to STATS

Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds

  1. The Reds lead the season series 10-3 including all seven at Great American Ball Park. The Reds have scored double-digit runs in four of the seven games in Cincinnati. The last four meetings have been decided by one run each with each team winning two of those four.
  2. The Pirates have won their last four series over the Tigers, the Nationals, the Reds and the Marlins. In all four of the three-game series they won the first two games before losing the third.
  3. The Reds are just 6-14 (.300) over their last 20 games. They are 40-30 (.571) overall against teams within their own division. Over their last six games, they have committed nine errors including tying a season-high with three on Saturday against the Dodgers.
  4. Anthony Alford is hitting .324 (12/37) over his last 12 games dating back to September 3. Prior to those 12 games, he had only 11 hits in 66 at-bats this season. He has played parts of seasons dating back to 2017, but his 36 games this season are a career high.
  5. Mike Moustakas went 1-for-8 in the three games against the Dodgers in his last series over the weekend. This season he is hitting .389 (14/36) in 11 games against the Pirates. He hit .522 (12/23) in the first seven games against Pittsburgh but just .154 (2/13) over the last four.
  6. Dillon Peters won his first game since September 24, 2019 in his last start and it came against the Reds. He pitched five shutout innings in the victory. Vladimir Gutierrez is just 3-4 with a 4.91 ERA at home this season compared to 6-2 with a 3.80 ERA on the road.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/20/2021 thru 9/22/2021

The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates have different goals for the final two weeks of the regular season, but they'll share the same objective on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series in Cincinnati.

Both really want a victory.

The Reds are three games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild-card spot from the National League.

Cincinnati (77-73) doesn't play St. Louis down the stretch, but the Reds have a more favorable schedule with 10 of their final 12 games against the Pirates and Washington Nationals, both last in their respective divisions.

Pittsburgh (56-93) is playing much better in recent weeks, however.

The Pirates took two out of three at the Miami Marlins last weekend for their fourth straight series win, a streak they hadn't accomplished since July of 2018.

Pittsburgh was one out from their first series sweep of the season on Sunday, but lost to the Marlins 6-5 on a walk-off two-run home run in the 10th inning, keeping them as the lone team in the majors without a series sweep this season.

Pittsburgh third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes told reporters over the weekend that the Pirates aren't paying much attention to their won-loss record or their current place in the standings.

"We're just trying to continue to play good baseball," Hayes said. "Continue to get better at the things that we're working on every day."

The Pirates are playing well despite some injuries to their pitching staff.

"So, it's the next guy up," Hayes said. "We're just going out there every day with a brand-new record, a brand-new average, a brand-new ERA, all that type of stuff, and just trying to play the best we can that day."

The Pirates plan to send left-hander Dillon Peters to the mound for the series opener.

Peters (1-2, 2.66 ERA) was sharp against the Reds on Tuesday, tossing five shutout innings for his first MLB win since Sept. 24, 2019, when he played for the Los Angeles Angels.

Peters allowed five hits, struck out five and walked one in the 6-5 win against the Reds, the first time facing them in his career.

"I know that I'm ready to take the ball whenever I'm asked," Peters said. "I'm going to go out there and compete, and go after guys, and if that's for three innings or six innings, you're going to get everything I've got."

Cincinnati rookie right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez is scheduled to make a second straight start against the Pirates.

Gutierrez (9-6, 4.25 ERA) surrendered four runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings on Wednesday in Pittsburgh and was long gone by the time the Pirates won 5-4 with a walk-off run in the ninth.

"We're definitely managing his workload at this point," Reds manager David Bell said. "We're nearing the end and we hope to be able to support him through that, keep him strong and hope he can find that again."

Gutierrez also faced the Pirates on Aug. 7 in Cincinnati and gave up one run and six hits in six innings, earning the win in the 11-3 victory.

-- Field Level Media

Updated September 19, 2021


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