Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/29/14
Cincinnati Reds (64-69) at Pittsburgh Pirates (69-64)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 29, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Mike Leake (R) (10-11) (3.563) vs. Edinson Volquez (R) (11-7) (3.608)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -143 / Cincinnati Reds +133 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Ohio, ROOT-Pittsburgh
The Cincinnati Reds travel to PNC Park to face division rival the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.
The Cincinnati Reds look to be dead in the water as far as the postseason goes. Just too many injuries to overcome in 2014 and some up and down play have done the team in. The Reds have won consecutive contests after blasting the Cubs 7-2 on Thursday behind the pitching of Dylan Axelrod who won his first as a member of the Reds. Axelrod tossed a two hit shutout over five frames while the offense pounded out eleven hits with Billy Hamilton, Todd Frazier and Brandon Phillips driving in a pair of runs. Mike Leake will be on the bump to open a series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Leake is looking to duplicate his last outing against Atlanta where he threw a two hit shutout over 6.2 innings of a 1-0 victory.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates need a hot streak and there is no time like the present to begin racking up the wins. Pittsburgh took a step in the right direction with a 3-1 victory versus visiting St Louis on Wednesday. Early scoring against Adam Wainwright and great starting pitching by Jeff Locke did the trick. Locke gave up the lone run on a solo homer through 7.1 frames while the Pitt offense posted ten hits and a walk. Ike Davis slammed a two run bomb while Andrew McCuchen singled in another. Edinson Volquez looks to continue his hot work on the mound when squares off with the Cincinnati Reds Friday. Volquez has been rock solid over the last four times out with wins in three of four.
Cincinnati is out to make life difficult for any postseason hopeful on the schedule and the Pirates are getting to the point in the season where a losing streak could end their playoff drive. Not real confident with either side so I'll side with the desperate team...