Pirates vs. Reds - 5/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (9-15) at Pittsburgh Pirates (15-9)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)
R Iglesias (1-1) (3.49) vs. J Locke (1-2) (5.03)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -148 / Cincinnati Reds +138 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to sweep the Cincinnati Reds Sunday afternoon.
The Cincinnati Reds could use a nice win here in order to snap a six-game losing streak. The Reds issue is that they’re not scoring, as Cincy has produced just two runs this series and three or less runs in eight of their last nine games overall. The Cincinnati Reds have lost their last 14 games when scoring three or less runs. Zack Cozart leads Cincinnati with 26 hits, Eugenio Suarez has 15 RBI and Jay Bruce has four home runs. Raisel Iglesias gets the nod, and he’s 1-1 with a 3.49 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. Iglesias is 2-1 with a 4.70 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates look to build on their impressive six-game winning streak. The Pirates continue to score runs by the truckload, which includes nine runs this series and five or more runs in seven of their last nine games overall. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won eight straight games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 32 hits, Josh Harrison has 15 RBI and Gregory Polanco has two home runs. Jeff Locke takes the hill, and he’s 1-2 with a 5.03 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. Locke is 3-3 with a 3.14 ERA and 35 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Reds are 4-9 in their last 13 during game 3 of a series and 2-7 in Iglesias' last 9 road starts. The Pirates are 25-9 in their last 34 Sunday games and 1-4 in Lockes last 5 Sunday starts. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
These are two teams heading in different directions, and the Pirates have shown no signs of slowing down offensively. Pittsburgh is in a groove right now and is looking scary by consistently putting up big offensive numbers. Take the home team for the sweep.