Reds host Pirates to start the 2019 season
Pittsburgh Pirates (82-79, fourth in the NL Central in 2018)
vs. Cincinnati Reds (67-95, fifth in the NL Central in 2018)
SITE: Cincinnati; Thursday, 4 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Jameson Taillon (0-0, 0.00 ERA) Reds: Luis Castillo (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
BOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh visits Cincinnati on opening day.
The Reds went 37-44 on their home field in 2018. Cincinnati hit .254 as a team with 2.8 extra base hits per game and 172 total home runs last season.
The Pirates went 38-43 away from home in 2018. Pittsburgh averaged 8.5 hits with 3.0 extra base hits per game and 290 total doubles last year. The Pirates won the season series 14-5 in 2018.
Reds Injuries: Alex Wood: day-to-day (lower back tightness), Scooter Gennett: day-to-day (groin).
Pirates Injuries: Edgar Santana: day-to-day (elbow), Gregory Polanco: day-to-day (shoulder).