Don’t look now, but it’s June 7 and the Pittsburgh Pirates, who haven’t had a winning season
since 1992 — that’s right: 1992 — are a game over .500 at 28-27. (In other news, looks like the world is indeed going to end this year.) Although the Pirates dropped a tough 5-4 decision in Cincinnati last night, they’ve still won eight of their last 11 overall and five of their last six in Cincinnati. Surprisingly, the offense has been carrying its share of the load, tallying 44 runs in the last nine contests. Tonight, that offense runs up against mediocre Reds right-hander Mike Leake, who is just 2-5 with a 4.95 ERA in 10 starts, including 1-3 with a 5.92 ERA at home. True, Leake has a solid 2.84 ERA in seven career starts against Pittsburgh. Also true, Cincinnati is just 2-5 in those seven games, including four losses as a favorite, most recently a 3-2 setback in Pittsburgh
on May 5.
Not a huge fan of Pirates starter Kevin Correia (2-5, 4.19 ERA), but the right-hander has led his
team to victories in his last two starts, and he’s surrendered three earned runs or fewer in eight of his 10 outings this season. Pittsburgh has been a strong bounce-back club of late, winning 17 of its last 21 games after a defeat, and it is also 10-3 in its last 13 games against NL Central rivals.
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Wednesday’s Result: Spurs +5 at Thunder (Loss)