Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (70-74) at Cincinnati Reds (62-83)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 16, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
R Vogelsong (3-5) (4.67) vs. Robert Stephenson (2-1) (4.43)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -113 / Pittsburgh Pirates +103 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, RTPT
Coming our way in MLB action on Friday from Great American Ball Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds will be kicking off their weekend series.
The Pirates are coming off a series against the Phillies this week. Pittsburgh won on Tuesday, but dropped Monday and Wednesday’s games. On Thursday, the Pirates blew out Philly 15-2.
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As for the Reds, they just finished up against the Brewers. Cincinnati won on Monday and Tuesday but were blown out 7-0 on Wednesday.
Pitching for the Pirates on Friday will be RHP Ryan Vogelsong. Over 20 games (10 starts) and a 3-5 record this year, Vogelsong has put up a 4.66 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP in 63.2 innings. Taking a loss against the Reds his last time out, Vogelsong gave up six earned on seven hits in four innings.
The Pirates will be looking to their big hitters here. Starling Marte owns 151 hits with 71 runs and 46 RBI. Josh Harrison is sitting on 138 hits with 57 runs and 59 RBI. Andrew McCutchen holds 134 hits with 75 runs, 23 homers and 66 RBI.
Over on the Reds’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Robert Stephenson in the starting role Friday. In his four starts and 2-1 record this year, Stephenson has put up a 4.43 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP in 20.1 innings. In Pittsburgh his last time out, Stephenson gave up five hits and four earned in three innings for a no-decision.
It’s pretty easy to find the notable hitters in the Cincinnati lineup. Joey Votto has bagged 155 hits with 89 runs, 24 homers and 84 RBI. Brandon Phillips has put up 147 hits with 69 runs and 56 RBI. Eugenio Suarez holds 128 hits with 70 runs, 20 homers and 64 RBI.
The Pirates are 1-4 in their last five game ones of a series, and 2-11 in their last 13 against the National League Central. Pittsburgh is also 1-4 in Vogelsong’s last five starts, and 1-4 in Vogelsong’s last five Friday starts.
Meanwhile, the Reds are 6-1 in their last seven games following an off day, and 5-1 in their last six overall. Cincinnati is also 4-1 in their last five Friday games, and 2-5 in their last seven home games.
Honestly there’s not a whole lot to like about this game, but with the Pirates floundering lately I’ll take the Reds and Stephenson to get a victory here.