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Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/27/14

Pittsburgh Pirates (88-72) at Cincinnati Reds (74-86)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Francisco Liriano (L) (7-10) (3.318) vs. Alfredo Simon (R) (15-10) (3.340)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds +150 / Pittsburgh Pirates -160 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-PIT, FS1

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds meet Saturday afternoon at the Great American Ball Park.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have clinched a playoff spot and now have their eyes set on the division with wins in 10 of their last 12 games. The Pirates are getting the job done with their pitching, allowing three or less runs in 14 of their last 16 games. Overall, the Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 3.45, which is seventh in the majors, and they’ve won 15 of their last 16 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Andrew McCutchen has six RBIs in his last three games and Starling Marte has an 11-game hitting streak. Starting is Francisco Liriano, who is 7-10 with a 3.32 ERA and has 170 strikeouts in 157.1 innings. Liriano is 0-5 with a 4.01 ERA in eight career starts against the Reds.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/27/14

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The Cincinnati Reds have lost eight of their last 11 games and likely can’t wait for this season to end. The Reds simply continue to struggle putting runs on the board, scoring three or less runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Reds have lost eight of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Brandon Phillips has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games and Zack Cozart has a hit in five of his last 10 games. The Cincinnati Reds have an ERA of 3.59, which is 15th in the majors. Alfredo Simon takes the hill, and he’s 15-10 with a 3.34 ERA and has 123 strikeouts in 191.1 innings. Simon is 3-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 17 career games against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 13-4 in Lirianos last 17 starts during game 2 of a series and 4-0 in Lirianos last 4 starts overall. The Reds are 10-3 in Simons last 13 starts vs. National League Central and 3-10 in Simons last 13 starts overall. 

I know Liriano has been brutal in his career agaginst the Reds, but the Pirates are on a mission to give the Cardinals a run for the division this weeked. I like Pittsburgh to keep rolling here. 

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