Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Game One - 9/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (71-74) at Cincinnati Reds (62-83)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 12:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
Jameson Taillon (3-4) (3.38) vs. A DeSclafani (8-3) (2.93)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +100 / Pittsburgh Pirates -120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Ohio, ROOT-Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds meet in game one of their DH Saturday afternoon.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been regulars in the postseason the past few years after not seeing the playoffs for decades. However, the streak ends in 2016 as the Pirates will be watching the playoffs from home as third place in the National League Central wasn’t good enough for the Wild Card. The Buccos certainly had some injuries to deal with and the rival Cubs having the best record in the game didn’t help but for me it the problems were mostly from a rotation that I didn’t see competing with some of the better teams in the National League. Rookie James Taillon is scheduled to be on the mound for game one of their double header at Great American Ball Park. Taillon skipped his last start and over the past three times out is 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA.
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If you are a Cincinnati Reds fan or just a fan of the game you probably saw the team slipping from National League Central contender and playoff team to a squad that just couldn’t consistently compete with the rest of the National League Central and their record says that. Some of the veteran bats and arms (Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake) were traded which has left the team younger and especially so in the rotation. Call it rebuilding or whatever, but the team has gotten younger and is gaining invaluable experience. Anthony DeSclafani toes the rubber against the Pirates after skipping his last outing to get more rest. DeSclafani has been tough the past three times out with a 1-1 record and 1.64 ERA.
With the Pirates and Reds having different looks then in previous seasons I’m not sure trends make a difference especially this late in the year. I think there is a lot to like about both hurlers here but I’m also having trouble finding an edge to exploit to wager. Can’t really find one but I’ll throw this out there…