Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 4/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (4-0) at Cincinnati Reds (3-1)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
G Cole (0-0) (0.00) vs. R Iglesias (0-0) (3.00)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +108 / Pittsburgh Pirates -118 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FS-O
Coming up in our first Saturday of the 2016 MLB regular season, we’ve got a nice matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds.
This will be game two of the series. In game one, Pittsburgh edged out Cincinnati 6-5, thanks to four runs in the eighth inning. Starling Marte was the big star here, logging a homer and four RBI on a 3-for-4 outing. Francisco Cervelli and Francisco Liriano added the other two RBI.
For Saturday’s game two, Pittsburgh will be starting right-hander Gerrit Cole, who will be making his regular-season debut in this one. Cole was held out of the opening series against the Cardinals due to inflammation in his ribcage. In 2015, Cole posted another great season, with 19 wins and eight losses alongside a sweet 2.60 ERA and 202 strikeouts for Pittsburgh.
Backing up Cole in the Pirates lineup is a pretty impressive assortment of players. Andrew McCutchen spearheads the notable names, and he’s coming off a 5-for-11 effort in the Cardinals series with one RBI and one double. Starling Marte is also expected to be a heavy contributor for the Pirates, but he’s off to something of a slow start with just two hits in 11 at-bats.
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Over on the Reds’ side, they’ll be putting right-hander Raisel Iglesias on the mound once again. Iglesias started opening day against the Phillies this past Monday, allowing two runs over six innings of work in a no-decision. The only real blemish on Iglesias’ day was a two-run homer to Freddy Galvis.
Cincinnati’s hitters are a fairly well-balanced--if unremarkable as a whole--group of players. The two most notable names for the Reds are Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips; Votto went 2-for-12 in the opening series, but did score three runs with two RBI. As for Phillips, he’s been ailing this week with the flu and only managed three at-bats in the opening series.
Now let’s check out the trends for this game. The Pirates are 9-1 in their last 10 road games and 5-1 in their last six game twos of a series. Pittsburgh is also 5-1 in their last six overall.
As for the Reds, they’re just 1-9 in their last 10 against the National League Central, and 1-4 in Iglesias’ last five home starts against a team with a winning record.
All things considered, it’s tough to pick against the Pirates here, especially with an ace like Cole on the mound. I’m going with Pittsburgh all the way.