The Reds are trying to get over the hump of being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. The Pirates are just happy to be here and they may be good enough to run a bit of a stretch.
Which way will this go?
The Reds are throwing Johnny Cueto against the Pirates’ Francisco Liriano. Cuerto has made 2 starts in September against the lowly Astros and Mets. Liriano has had a resurgence in the NL despite an ERA nearly double from his first half to second half.
With the Reds’ hopes resting on the shoulders of Johnny Cueto and the Pirates riding high on their first playoff berth in 2 decades, I think the Pirates will handily defeat the Reds. It could be a blowout either way, but I’m leaning on the side of Pittsburgh.
You have to like how my broad general prediction for the Rays scoring early and setting the pace worked out in my favor. Also, Nelson Cruz’ 0fer didn’t help the Rangers at all.