7* Tuesday MLB PIT/CIN
Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh,
10/01/2013 20:07 EDT,
Score: 2 - 6
Money Line: +126 Cincinnati
Cincinnati Reds ML
The Pittsburgh Pirates host the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday in the Wild Card play-in game.
The Pirates swept a series with the Reds to close out the season, but expect a different level of effort from the Reds in this one with their season on the line.
Pittsburgh has had a great season, but their young core will get their first taste of meaningful baseball in this one, while Cincinnati brings an experience core with a strong playoff resume.
Johnny Cueto gets the nod for the Rangers. He's been absolutely lights out for the Reds this season, posting a 2.82 ERA with a 1.05 WHIP on the season.
He's been even better since returning from injury, posting a 0.75 ERA and .190 BAA in the month of September.
Cueto dominated the Pirates in his last outing against them, shutting them out over eight innings of work, allowing only one hit and recording the win.
That outing upped Cueto's numbers against the Pirates this season. He's posted a 0.73 ERA with a 0.41 whip and .079 BAA versus the Pirates this season.
Francisco Liriano counters for the Pirates. His strong season has begun to come unravelled, posting a 1-2 record with a 5.14 ERA in the month of September.
In four starts against the Reds this season, Liriano has an 0-3 record, with the Pirates losing all four games.
The Reds are 9-3 in Cueto's last 12 starts in Pittsburgh.
7* Play on Cincinnati Reds +126