Saturday, April 9, 2016

Cole, Bucs to square off vs. Iglesias, Reds

Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole makes his 2016 debut Saturday as the Pirates and Reds play the second of their three-game set at Great American Ball Park. While Cole had his way with most teams last season en route to going 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA in 32 starts last season, the Reds weren't one of them.
Cole started four times against Cincinnati in 2015, going 0-3 with a 5.95 ERA, and is 0-4 with a 5.23 ERA in six career starts against them. Raisel Iglesias will make his second start of the season for the Reds. He received a no-decision after allowing two runs on six hits in six innings in a 6-2 win over Philadelphia on Opening Day.
Three things to know
• Joey Votto is one Reds player who hasn't had success against Cole. He's just 2-for-12 with two walks and six strikeouts against him.
• Of the current Reds, Brandon Phillips has had the most success against Cole. He's 6-for-14 with two RBIs. While the Reds have a team slash line of .313/.364/.511 against him, he hasn't allowed a home run to any current Reds player.
• Andrew McCutchen loves playing in Cincinnati. In 57 previous games at GABP entering this series, McCutchen has a slash line of .275/.393/.541 with 15 home runs. That doesn't include last year's All-Star Game when he also homered.

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