Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/17/14
Cincinnati Reds (33-35) at Pittsburgh Pirates (34-35)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Johnny Cueto (R) (6-5) (1.853) vs. Brandon Cumpton (R) (2-2) (6.061)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +111 / Cincinnati Reds -121 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-OH, ROOT-PIT
The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates begin a three-game series on Tuesday at PNC Park.
The Reds have won six of their last nine games and move within two games of a .500 record. The difference during this stretch has been a Reds offense that has scored four or more runs in six of their last nine games. This is a Reds team that is 29th in the league in runs scored. However, the Reds are 26-8 this season when scoring more than three runs. Pitching, the Reds have the ninth best pitching staff at 3.59. Johnny Cueto takes the hill, and he’s 6-5 with a 1.85 ERA and has 109 strikeouts in 102 innings. Cueto is 15-4 with a 2.15 ERA in 23 career starts against the Pirates.
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The Pirates have won four of their last five games and are one game below a .500 record. The Pirates are another team that has been inconsistent offensively, but has produced four or more runs in five of their last seven games. Andrew McCutchen has been on fire with five homers and 15 RBI in his last 10 games. The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 3.81. Brandon Cumpton gets the nod, and he’s 2-2 with a 6.06 ERA and has 20 strikeouts in 32.2 innings. Cumpton is 1-1 with a 1.35 ERA in four career games against the Reds.
The Reds are 2-5 in Cueto's last 7 road starts and 6-2 in Cueto's last 8 starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Pirates are 7-0 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 5-1 in Cumpton's last 6 starts vs. National League Central. The Reds are 10-4 in Cueto's last 14 road starts vs. Pirates.
Do you see Cueto's career numbers against the Pirates? I don't need to say anymore.