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Reds at Pirates - 5/5/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (12-13) at Pittsburgh Pirates (12-13)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

M Lorenzen (0-1) (5.40) vs. J Locke (2-1) (4.76)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates / Cincinnati Reds --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-OH, ROOT-PIT

The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates begin a three-game series Tuesday night.

The Cincinnati Reds look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Reds have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Reds have lost six of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Joey Votto leads Cincy with 30 hits and 17 RBI while Todd Frazier and Brandon Phillips have combined for 30 RBI. The Cincinnati Reds have won five of their last eight games on the road. Michael Lorenzen gets the nod, and he’s 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA and five strikeouts this season. This will be Lorenzen’s first career game against the Pirates.

Reds at Pirates - 5/5/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Pirates have scored four runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last six games. The Pirates have lost eight of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Gregory Polanco leads Pittsburgh with 27 hits and seven RBI while Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen have combined for 30 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won five of their last seven games on their home field. Jeff Locke takes the hill, and he’s 2-1 with a 4.76 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. Locke is 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.

The Reds are 3-9 in their last 12 games following an off day and 14-37 in their last 51 road games. The Pirates are 11-5 in their last 16 during game 1 of a series and 10-1 in Lockes last 11 home starts. The Reds are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

I like the Pirates to bounce back on their home field against a young pitcher. Look for Locke to pitch a solid game and get Pitt back on track.

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