Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (39) hits a grand slam.
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The Reds start a three-game series in Pittsburgh after winning two out of three in Milwaukee. Here are the storylines we’ll be watching for and why you should turn on FOX Sports Ohio starting with Reds Live at 6:30 p.m.
3. Pirates prized prospect Gregory Polanco is making history: Polanco was recently called up to Pittsburgh and is already having an impact on the Buccos. He hit over .500 in a series against Miami and did something no Pirate has done since Roberto Clemente in the 50s — get a hit in his first six games on the big-league club.
2. The Reds offense was firing on all cylinders last time out: The Reds put up a season-high offensive output Sunday against the Brewers, racking up 19 hits and 13 runs. Pirates starter Brad Crumpton has a 6.06 ERA this season but has done well in three career starts against the Reds.
1. Johnny Cueto’s in beast mode: The Reds starter has an ERA under 2 for the season. He’s had plenty of success in Pittsburgh throughout his career with nine wins in 14 starters and sub-two ERA. Keep this up and you can make a very good case for Cueto starting on the mound in Minnesota for the National League All-Star.