On June 18, 2024, PNC Park will set the stage for an anticipated matchup between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates, starting at 6:40 PM. The forecast predicts partly cloudy skies.

Nick Lodolo will lead the pitching for the Reds, entering the game with an impressive 2.931 ERA. Opposite him, Bailey Falter will take the mound for the Pirates, carrying a 3.857 ERA.

In the 2024 NL Central Division, both teams are neck and neck. The Reds, with a season record of 34-37, hold an exact .48 winning percentage and are currently 4th in division standings with an 8-8 record within the division. They have had a recent momentum of six wins in their last 10 games but are looking to bounce back from a two-game losing streak. Their performance on the road is nearly balanced, noted at 16-18, slightly less favorable than their 18-19 home record. During daytime play, the Reds have secured 14 wins.

The Pirates share a similar overall and division record, positioned just above the Reds at 3rd in the division with their 8-9 divisional record and identical 34-37 mark for the season. They have managed a slightly lower success rate in their recent fixtures, securing five wins in their last 10 outings, and currently enjoy a one-game winning streak. Their home record stands at 16-17, while they are slightly better on the road, with 18 wins out of 38 games. Notably, they’ve also experienced more success in day games compared to night games.

With both teams looking to improve their standings as the season progresses, this game promises to be a critical contest in determining their postseason potentials.