Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 4/8/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (0-1) at Cincinnati Reds (1-0)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
G Cole (0-0) (0.00) vs. M Leake (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -108 / Pittsburgh Pirates -102 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Ohio, Root-Pittsburgh
The Cincinnati Reds shoot for another win against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have their sights set on the postseason in 2015 but obviously need more offense and better relief pitching then we saw in Monday’s 5-2 defeat at Cincinnati in the season opener. Starter Francisco Liriano was very good with a pair of runs allowed on just two hits and three free passes while whiffing seven over seven frames to receive a no decision. Tony Watson served up a three run homer in the 8th to absorb the loss. The bats were rather quiet on seven hits and a walk with Andrew McCutchen slugging a two run homer in the top of the 8th to erase a 2-0 Cincinnati lead. Gerrit Cole toes the rubber looking to get the Pirates in to the win column against division rival Cincinnati. In 22 starts in 2014 Cole was 11-5 with a 3.65 ERA in 138 innings.
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If the Cincinnati Reds entertain thoughts of capturing the National League Central crown they will definitely need another big year from Johnny Cueto. Cueto was his normal stingy self in the season opener with a four hit shutout through seven innings while striking out ten. Cueto had to settle for a no decision when Kevin Gregg coughed up a 2-0 lead in the 8th when McCutchen took him deep for a two run jack before the offense came to life to avoid a complete meltdown. The offense mustered five hits and a trio of free passes with Jay Bruce slugging a solo bomb while Todd Frazier crushed a three run homer in the 8th to break a 2-2 tie and save the team from a disappointing opener. Cincinnati hands the ball to right hander Mike Leake who looks to give the Reds a 2-0 start versus the Pirates. Leake was a workhorse in 2014 with an 11-13 record covering 214 innings.
For Pittsburgh the under is 7-2 in the last 9 games as a favorite while the Pirates are 21-8 in Coles last 29 starts and 21-8 in Coles last 29 starts on grass. For Cincinnati the Reds are 8-2 in their last 10 home games with the under going 6-2-1 in the last 9 home games while the Reds are 7-3 in Leake’s last 10 Wednesday starts. Looks like a toss up to me or I don’t have a read on it…