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Reds vs. Pirates - 7/31/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (59-41) at Cincinnati Reds (45-54)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 31, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

J Locke (5-6) (4.15) vs. M Lorenzen (3-5) (4.58)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds +105 / Pittsburgh Pirates -115 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: RTPT, FSOH

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds play game two of their series Friday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look to keep rolling after winning five of their last seven games. The Pirates have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Pirates have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Andrew McCutchen leads Pittsburgh with 106 hits and 65 RBI while Starling Marte and Neil Walker have combined for 94 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have split their last six road games. Jeff Locke gets the nod, and he’s 5-6 with a 4.15 ERA and 83 strikeouts this season. Locke is 2-2 with a 3.26 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.

Reds vs. Pirates - 7/31/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Reds look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Reds have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Reds have split their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Joey Votto leads Cincy with 112 hits and 51 RBI while Todd Frazier and Brandon Phillips have combined for 106 RBI. The Cincinnati Reds have split their last eight home games. Michael Lorenzen takes the hill, and he’s 3-5 with a 4.58 ERA and 53 strikeouts this season. This will be Lorenzen’s second career game against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 7-2 in their last 9 during game 2 of a series and 1-5 in Lockes last 6 road starts. The Reds are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4 in Lorenzens last 5 starts. The Pirates are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings. 

Locke has allowed 11 runs in his last three starts and Lorenzen has allowed 12 runs in his last two starts. Given that and the way these teams are hitting the ball, I like the over. 

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Over 8.5

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