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Pirates vs. Reds - 9/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (57-82) at Pittsburgh Pirates (69-69)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 9, 2016 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Tim Adleman (2-3) (4.02) vs. Steven Brault (0-2) (3.32)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -145 / Cincinnati Reds +135 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

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The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates play game two of their series Friday night.

The Cincinnati Reds could use a win in order to snap a tough five-game losing streak. The Reds have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Cincinnati Reds have an ERA of 4.92 and have lost 12 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Joey Votto leads Cincinnati with 143 hits, Brandon Phillips has 53 RBI and Eugenio Suarez has 20 home runs. Tim Adleman gets the ball, and he’s 2-3 with a 4.02 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. This will be Adleman’s second career game against the Pirates.

Pirates vs. Reds - 9/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates could also use a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Pirates have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has shown up during this tough stretch, and they’ve lost five of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 151 hits, Josh Harrison has 56 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has 20 home runs. Steven Brault takes the hill, and he’s 0-2 with a 3.32 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. This will be Brault’s first career game against the Reds.

The Reds are 6-2 in their last 8 Friday games and 1-5 in Adlemans last 6 starts. The Pirates are 1-6 in their last 7 home games and 1-8 in their last 9 games on grass. The under is 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings.

Neither one of these teams is playing worth a lick, so good luck picking the right side. However, the Pirates offense has been consistent during their struggles and they're a team still playing for something. So, I'll side with the Pirates at home for the OK price. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates -145

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