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Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, 7:42 p.m.
 

• Saturday would be an excellent time for Vance Worley to rediscover his fastball angle for the Pirates. Over his last two starts, Worley has left too many fastballs flat and out over the plate. In his last two outings Worley has allowed 21 hits and 10 runs over 12 13 innings. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has hinted Worley has lost some of the aggressiveness he had earlier in the season. Some good news for Worley is the Reds continue to be without their top bat in Joey Votto (quad).

• Reds starting pitcher Alfredo Simon has excellent velocity separation between his fastball, averaging 93.7 mph and his curveball, which averages 77.4 mph. Simon has posted quality starts in each of his two outings against the Pirates this season.

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According to BaseballProspectus.com's playoff odds, the Pirates suffered the largest decline in playoff odds (22 percent) in August among National League teams. The Pirates' odds at making the playoffs entering Friday stood at 30.3 percent.

Travis Sawchik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at tsawchik@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Sawchik_Trib.

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