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Reds vs. Pirates, Game 1: Preview/Predictions Thread

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds

vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Friday, April 8, 2016
7:10 PM

Alfredo Simon v. Francisco Liriano

The good news is that the Reds are 3-0 and get to play a Pennsylvania-based team in their next series. The bad news? It isn't the Phillies.

The Reds begin a 3-game set tonight against the Pirates, who also happen to be 3-0 after an opening series against the lowly Cardinals.

For Cincinnati, Alfredo Simon will be making his Reds debut for the second time. The Reds will rely on him to eat innings, especially since no Reds starter pitched in the 7th inning in any of their first three games.

He'll face Francisco Liriano, who's making his second start of the year after starting the Pirates' opener last Sunday. He struck out 10 in 6 innings in that game, and didn't give up a run, so the Reds will have their work cut out for them tonight. They won't even have the luxury of being able to get runs off of a shaky bullpen, as the Pirates' pen has only given up 1 run in the three games.

Weather could be a factor, once again, and will remain a factor all weekend.

Go Reds! They're my favorite team!

Bullpen Log

Reliever 4/3 4/4 4/5 4/6 4/7 5 day totals
J.J. Hoover

1.0, 17p

1.0 IP, 17 pitches
Tony Cingrani

0.1, 9p

1.0, 14p
1.1 IP, 25 pitches
Jumbo Diaz

1.1, 13p

1.0, 13p
2.1 IP, 26 pitches
Caleb Cotham

2.0, 22p
2.0 IP, 22 pitches
Ross Ohlendorf

0.1, 5p

1.0, 10p
1.1 IP, 15 pitches
Blake Wood

1.0, 15p
1.0 IP, 15 pitches
Keyvius Sampson

1.0, 24p
1.0 IP, 24 pitches
Dan Straily

0.0 IP, 0 pitches