Cincinnati opens 2019 season against Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Pirates (82-79, fourth in the NL Central in 2018) vs. Cincinnati Reds (67-95, fifth in the NL Central in 2018)

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).