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Pirates vs. Reds - 10/2/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (63-95) at Pittsburgh Pirates (96-63)

MLB Baseball: Friday, October 2, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Keyvius Sampson (2-6) (6.66) vs. F Liriano (12-7) (3.27)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -235 / Cincinnati Reds +216 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSOH/RTPT

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

The Cincinnati Reds need a win to snap a 12-game losing streak. The Reds have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six straight games. The Reds have lost 13 straight when scoring three or less runs. Joey Votto leads Cincy with 169 hits and 79 RBI while Brandon Phillips and Todd Frazier have combined for 158 RBI. The Cincinnati Reds have lost five straight road games. Keyvius Sampson gets the nod, and he’s 2-6 with a 6.46 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. Sampson is 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

Pirates vs. Reds - 10/2/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Pirates have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Pirates have won seven straight when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 162 hits and 79 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco have combined for 146 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost five of their last six home games. Francisco Liriano takes the hill, and he’s 12-7 with a 3.27 ERA and 200 strikeouts this season. Liriano is 1-5 with a 3.61 ERA and 70 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.

The Reds are 8-21 in their last 29 Friday games and 0-5 in Sampsons last 5 starts. The Pirates are 9-4 in their last 13 games following an off day and 9-3 in their last 12 overall. The Reds are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh. 

Once again, we've been fading the Reds during this monster losing stretch and it's done nothing but chased. While Liriano has no career success against the Reds, it's hard to back a team that's lost 12 straight. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates -1.5

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