Reds at Pirates - 4/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (9-13) at Pittsburgh Pirates (13-9)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
D Straily (0-0) (3.50) vs. J. Nicasio (2-2) (4.50)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -145 / Cincinnati Reds +135 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates begin a three-game series Friday night at the PNC Park.
The Cincinnati Reds could use a nice road win after losing six of their last seven games. The Reds continue to struggle offensively, producing three or less runs in four straight games and eight of their last 11 games. The Cincinnati Reds have lost 12 straight games when scoring three or less runs. Zack Cozart leads Cincinnati with 25 hits, Eugenio Suarez has 15 RBI and Jay Bruce has four home runs. Dan Straily gets the ball, and he’s 0-0 with a 3.50 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. Straily is 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates look to keep rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The Pirates offense has produced 18 runs in their last two games and six or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won eight of their last nine games when producing more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 30 hits, Gregory Polanco has 14 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has five home runs. Juan Nicasio takes the hill, and he’s 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. Nicasio is 0-2 with a 5.12 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Reds are 26-55 in their last 81 during game 1 of a series and 8-25 in their last 33 Friday games. The Pirates are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 49-23 in their last 72 home games. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Pirates remain one of the hottest teams in the league and continue to score runs by the boatload. That's the complete opposite of the Reds, a team that struggles to cross home plate. I like Pittsburgh at home and the rather decent price.