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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds - 6/23/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (32-36) at Pittsburgh Pirates (39-30)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

J Smith (0-0) (0.00) vs. J Locke (4-3) (4.74)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +107 / Cincinnati Reds -117 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Ohio, ROOT-Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds face off on Tuesday at PNC Park for game one of their MLB series on National League Central teams.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in second place in the NL Central but haven’t been able to gain a lot of ground on the Cardinals. The Pirates are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 21-11 at home, and they are six games back in the NL Central standings. As a team the Pirates are hitting .254 with Andrew McCutchen is hitting .287, Josh Harrison hitting .282, and Starling Marte hitting .273. The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 2.88 with the starters at 3.10 and the bullpen at 2.41. For game one against the Reds the Pirates start Jeff Locke who has allowed 79 hits and 39 earned runs while striking out 59 over 74 innings for a 4-3 record and a 4.74 ERA.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds - 6/23/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Reds are four games below .500 that puts them in fourth place in the NL Central. The Reds are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 12-22 on the road, and they are 12.5 games back in the standings. As a team the Reds are hitting .245 with Joey Votto hitting .296, Todd Frazier hitting .292, and Brandon Phillips hitting .284. The Reds pitching staff has an ERA of 4.00 with the starters at 3.95 and the bullpen has an ERA of 4.09. For game one in Pittsburgh the Reds start Josh Smith who makes his first Major League start after going 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA in the Minors.

The Pirates are 7-2 in game one of a series, 21-8 in their last 29 games, and 13-3 in Locke’s last 16 home starts. The Reds are 7-1 as a favorite, 3-7 in game one of a series, and 1-4 against the NL Central. Cincinnati has won seven of their last eight games against Pittsburgh.

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