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PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 18,544

Pirates' Brault eyes future as season closes vs. Reds

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Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. Cincinnati pitching is averaging 9.80 strikeouts per nine innings this season, on pace to be the highest SO/9 IP rate in National League history. The Reds have 1533 strikeouts with three games remaining -- the NL record for pitching strikeouts in a season is 1565 by the 2018 Los Angeles Dodgers.
  2. The Pirates will finish in last place in NL Central this season, while the Reds will finish in fourth in the division. Pittsburgh and Cincinnati have been the two bottom teams in the NL Central in each of the past three seasons.
  3. The Reds have the best run differential in the majors in the first inning this season at +40. From the second inning on, Cincinnati has a -53-run differential, which ranks 18th in baseball.
  4. Eugenio Suarez has hit 49 home runs this season, second most all-time by a third baseman (based on season position) in a season (Alex Rodriguez -- 52 HR in 2007). Suarez is tied with Ted Kluszewski (1954) for the second-most home runs in a season in franchise history (George Foster -- 52 HR in 1977).
  5. Bryan Reynolds enters this series with an .880 OPS, on pace to be the third-highest mark by a qualifying switch-hitting rookie all-time. Tom McCreery (.956 OPS in 1896) and Duke Kenworthy (.896 OPS in 1914) are the only switch-hitting rookies with higher marks than Reynolds (among batting title qualifiers).
  6. Anthony DeSclafani has limited opponents to 12 hits over his last five starts, tied for the fewest allowed by a Reds starter in any five-start span in the live-ball era (since 1920). Opponents are batting just .114 off DeSclafani in September, the lowest mark in the majors over that time (min. 20 IP).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/27/2019 thru 9/29/2019

Some individual round numbers. A good series to remember going into the offseason. There isn't a lot more on the line for the players as the host Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds enter their weekend series.

The three games will be the final ones for both clubs, long out of the playoff scene.

Cincinnati (73-85) has lost four in a row and five of six. The Reds are locked into fourth in the five-team National League Central.

Pittsburgh (68-91) have won three straight, a sweep against the Cubs. The Pirates are locked into last place in the NL Central.

Perhaps the biggest milestone on deck belongs to the Reds' Eugenio Suarez, who is one home run shy of 50.

In the series opener Friday, Cincinnati right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (9-9, 3.84 ERA) is scheduled to face Pittsburgh left-hander Steven Brault (4-6, 5.07 ERA).

Brault will be trying to end a recent skid going into the offseason. He has given up 19 earned runs over his past three starts totaling 13 1/3 innings, following a stretch where he allowed 16 earned runs over eight starts totaling 43 innings.

His last time on the mound, Brault gave up six runs, four of them earned, and six hits in 5 1/3 innings last Friday in a 10-1 loss at Milwaukee.

"I was very frustrated coming out because I feel like I had good stuff, and I wanted to finish it well and wasn't able to. It's just frustrating," Brault said, adding that it was a better outing than his previous two and "a huge step forward."

With a chance to earn a spot in the Pittsburgh rotation next year after spending time in the bullpen earlier this season before injuries decimated the staff, Brault hopes to finish strong -- and he figures that's a theme throughout the team.

"We don't have the season we want right now, but we're able to come into environments where we can get the feeling that we need for when we are in the spot we want to be," Brault said.

"We're looking to do that next year. Getting this experience now is invaluable for everybody here. ... We need to finish out our season. We need to work on some stuff and get ready for next year," he added.

Against Cincinnati, Brault is 4-0 with a 1.01 ERA in nine career games, three of them starts, and he carries a scoreless streak of 19 2/3 innings. He has faced DeSclafani once this season, a 7-2 road win May 29 when he pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings.

DeSclafani is 2-2 with a 2.05 ERA in his past seven starts, and he has five straight starts pitching at least six innings while giving up three hits or less.

Most recently, he gave up two runs, one of them earned, and three hits, with seven strikeouts, in six innings in a no-decision Saturday against the Mets.

"I had to dig deep and make some pitches, and I was happy I was able to do that," DeSclafani said.

In 12 career starts against Pittsburgh, he is 2-6 with a 4.27 ERA.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 27, 2019

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