BOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh heads into the matchup after a dominant performance by Tyler Anderson. Anderson threw eight innings, giving up two runs on four hits with six strikeouts against Chicago.
The Pirates are 6-12 against NL Central opponents. Pittsburgh has slugged .346, last in the league. Colin Moran leads the team with a .468 slugging percentage, including 11 extra-base hits and four home runs.
The Reds are 7-5 against teams from the NL Central. Cincinnati has slugged .424, good for first in the MLB. Nick Castellanos leads the team with a .632 slugging percentage, including 17 extra-base hits and nine home runs.
The Reds won the last meeting 11-4. Luis Castillo secured his first victory and Nick Senzel went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and two RBIs for Cincinnati. Chad Kuhl took his first loss for Pittsburgh.
TOP PERFORMERS: Adam Frazier ranks second on the Pirates with 12 extra base hits and is batting .300.
Castellanos leads the Reds with 36 hits and has 21 RBIs.
LAST 10 GAMES: Pirates: 2-8, .222 batting average, 4.40 ERA, outscored by 21 runs