NL Central Division foes will clash on Friday night, when the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates open up a series from PNC Park. On Wednesday, Adam Duvall hit a ninth-inning grand slam to put an exclamation mark on a 7-0 victory at Kansas City. The Reds have won three straight games and are 18 games below .500 overall.
Twenty-nine year old righty Matt Harvey (1-4 5.97 ERA) will make his sixth start as a member of the Reds. Harvey, who was traded from the Mets, has allowed 13 runs over his last 16 plus innings of work.
The Pittsburgh Pirates started off the season fast, but come into this series having lost eight of their last 11 games overall. On Wednesday, Jordy Mercer homered and drove in three runs to spark the Pirates to a 5-4 victory at Arizona. Jameson Taillon pitched seven strong innings for Pittsburgh, who is two games below .500 overall.
Twenty-five year old righty Chad Kuhl (4-4 3.95 ERA) will get the nod for the Pirates in the series opener. Pittsburgh has lost each of Kuhl’s last three starts and he has given up six runs over his last 17 plus frames.