Pirates Game Discussion: Pirates at Reds, 1:40 PM; Proof of Yesterday’s Awful Umpiring

The Pittsburgh Pirates (11-15) are on the road on Sunday afternoon to take on the Cincinnati Reds (4-23), with first pitch scheduled for 1:40 PM. The Pirates are sending out Zach Thompson (1-3, 9.39), while the Reds are countering with right-handed pitcher Tyler Mahle (1-4, 7.01) in the series finale.

Here are the lineups:

Pirates

Reds

The umpire calls were as bad as everyone was saying in the comments yesterday here. Not only did they both do awful jobs, but their calls favored the Reds by five runs. If you don’t follow these scorecards, I’ll note that most of them favor one side by under a run. Two runs is extremely bad. Over two runs in back-to-back games borders on them wanting to do that, and I’m saying that not as an accusation, but only because I’ve never seen anything like that. What you’re seeing isn’t really possible, but somehow it happened. For reference, in the last two days, there were no other games with 2+ run differentials, two other games over one run differential, and one just barely made it at 1.02 runs.

UPDATE: This is quite a bit different than the “discomfort” they mentioned yesterday. They use a very broad definition of that word

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