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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds Free Pick 9/21/13

Cincinnati Reds (88-66) at Pittsburgh Pirates (88-66)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Homer Bailey (R) (11-10) (3.404) vs. AJ Burnett (R) (8-11) (3.426)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -114 / Cincinnati Reds +104 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Ohio, ROOT-Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds face-off on Saturday in Pittsburgh for game two of their monster series.

The Pittsburgh Pirates looked like they were on their way to a win on Friday, but they let it slip away and fell two games back in the N.L. Central. Jose Tabata and Neil Walker each had home runs and Pedro Alvarez and Jordy Mercer had two hits each and the Pirates scored five runs on 10 hits. Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano allowed three hits and two runs, while striking out seven over 8.0 innings, but Mark Melancon blew the save and Kyle Farnsworth took the loss. For Saturday’s game, the Pirates start A.J. Burnett, who is 8-11 with a 3.43 ERA for the season and 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in his last three starts.

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds Free Pick 9/21/13

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The Cincinnati Reds looked to be on their way to a loss on Friday, but a ninth inning rally and a win in extra innings reversed their fate. Joey Votto and Todd Frazier each hit home runs and Ryan Ludwick had three hits as the Reds scored six runs on nine hits. Starting pitcher Mat Latos allowed eight hits and four runs over six innings, but it was J.J. Hoover who got the win and Aroldis Chapman earned his 38th save. For Saturday’s game, the Reds start Homer Bailey, who is 11-10 with a 3.40 ERA for the season and 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA in his last three starts.

Pittsburgh is 36-17 as a home favorite, 35-16 in game two of a series, and 5-1 in Burnett’s last six home starts. Cincinnati is 5-1 in their last six road games, 60-28 in game two of a series, and 4-0 in Bailey’s last four starts. Cincinnati is 10-4 in Bailey’s last 14 starts against the Pirates.

The Reds have all of the momentum coming into this one and look for them to ride it a game further and get the win here. 

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