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Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/7/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (81-54) at Cincinnati Reds (56-79)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 7, 2015 at 1:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

J Locke (7-9) (4.65) vs. A DeSclafani (7-10) (3.87)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds +124 / Pittsburgh Pirates -134 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Ohio, ROOT-Pittsburgh

The Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates face off on Monday in Cincinnati in game one of their MLB series of National League Central teams.

The Cincinnati Reds are having a miserable season and they are sitting in last place in th4e NL Central. The Reds are 4-6 in their last 10 gams, 30-37 at home, and they are 30.5 games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central. As a team the Reds are hitting .250 with Joey Votto hitting .318, Brandon Phillips hitting .296, and Todd Frazier hitting .261. The Reds pitching staff has an ERA of 4.21 with the starters at 4.40 and the bullpen at 3.86. For game one against the Pirates the Reds start Anthony DeSclafani who has allowed 158 hits and 67 earned runs while striking out 121 over 155.2 innings for a 7-10 record and a 3.87 ERA.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/7/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to chase the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central and they are the top Wildcard team in the NL. The Pirates are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 35-33 on the road, and they are 5.5 games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central. As a team the Pirates are hitting .260 with Andrew McCutchen hitting .302, Francisco Cervelli hitting .300, and Jung Ho Kang hitting .286. The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 3.21 with the starters at 3.47 and the bullpen at 2.70. For game one against the Reds the Pirates start Jeff Locke who has allowed 157 hits and 75 earned runs while striking out 107 over 145 innings for a 7-9 record and a 4.66 ERA.

Cincinnati is 2-5 in game one of a series, 4-12 in their last 16 games following a win, and 1-5 in DeSclafani’s last six home starts. Pittsburgh is 52-21 as a favorite, 2-5 in their last seven games, and 5-11 in Locke’s last 16 starts as a road favorite. Pittsburgh is 4-11 in their last 15 games against Cincinnati.

The Pirates are just the better team so even with the question marks surrounding Locke’s ability to get it done they are the pick here.

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Pittsburgh Pirates -125

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