Game 71: Reds at Pirates
*Aroldis Chapman is “in transit” to Pittsburgh, Bryan Price said. Chapman, who missed two games on paternity leave, is expected to rejoin the club and be back on the roster in time for tonight’s game.
*From the MLB Network research department: Joey Votto sees more low pitches (54.7 percent of pitches) than typical (50.6 percent) because he is such a good low ball hitter – his .990 OPS in plate appearances ending down in the zone is second-best in the league behind Bryce Harper (.648 league average). Votto has 10 home runs off low pitches – one less than league leader Giancarlo Stanton.
*Also — Votto has reached base safely in 31 consecutive games, batting .312/.432/.596 in that stretch. Votto is batting .308 with a .419 on-base in 31 career PA vs. Pirates starter A.J. Burnett.
*Jay Bruce is 3-for-31 (.097) with 11 strikeouts lifetime vs. Burnett, hence his night off from the lineup.
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