Previewing the pitching matchups: Reds vs. Pirates
Cincinnati Reds starter Chase Anderson vs. Pittsburgh Pirates starter Roansy Contreras
Chase Anderson (2-3 5.21 ERA) takes the mound in tonight's opener opposing Roansy Contreras (5-5 3.68 ERA) of the Pirates. The Cincinnati Reds right-hander has been on quite a roll over his last four starts.
Tossing 16.2 innings, Anderson has limited opponents to a measly five base hits and four earned runs. Additionally, the nine-year veteran has recorded 16 punch outs. As a result of his recent success, the 34-year-old Texan is making a strong case for earning a spot on a 2023 Opening Day roster.
Pittsburgh's Roansy Contreras has proved to be a riddle the Cincinnati Reds have been unable to solve. Making two starts versus the Redlegs this season, the 22-year-old right-hander has yielded just two runs while compiling 10 strikeouts in as many frames.
Cincinnati Reds starter Hunter Greene vs. Pittsburgh Pirates starter Mitch Keller
Rookie Hunter Greene (4-13 4.91 ERA) toes the rubber Tuesday night as Mitch Keller (5-12 3.99 ERA) gets the nod for Derek Shelton's club. Despite taking the loss in his last outing, Greene is in the midst of his finest stretch during his debut season.
In his last four outings, the flame-throwing right-hander has whiffed 33 and issued just four free passes in 23.1 innings. How good was Greene in his one start versus the Pirates? Historically, good. The 22-year-old hurled 7.1 frames of no-hit baseball but unbelievably was saddled with the defeat as the Bucs scored a 1-0 victory despite being no-hit on May 15th at PNC Park.
If there's one Reds player looking forward to seeing Mitch Keller on the bump Tuesday night, it's infielder Kyle Farmer. The Farm Dawg is 6-for-13 lifetime with a .533 OBP versus the Pittsburgh right-hander. Look for Farmer to eagerly grab a piece of lumber from the bat rack tomorrow evening.
Cincinnati Reds starter Luis Cessa vs. Pittsburgh Pirates starter Bryse Wilson
Wednesday's matinee series finale will feature Luis Cessa (4-4 4.78 ERA) battling Pittsburgh's Bryse Wilson (3-9 5.95 ERA). Due to his recent run of success, the Reds front office will have an interesting decision in defining Cessa's role for the 2023 club.
Working almost exclusively out of the bullpen until the middle of August, Cessa has posted a better ERA, WHIP, and K/9 rate as a starter. In addition, he's been particularly effective on the road. Pitching outside the hitter-friendly GABP, the 30-year-old right-hander has limited opponents to a .218/.291/.353 slash line and a 3.11 ERA in 37.2 innings.
The Reds and Bryse Wilson need no introduction. This will be the right-hander's fourth start against Cincinnati since July 7th. Skipper David Bell may want to consider giving outfielder Jake Fraley a day off on Wednesday afternoon. Wilson has held Fraley hitless in six at-bats with two punch outs.