Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/30/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (59-41) at Cincinnati Reds (45-54)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
A Burnett (8-46) (2.68) vs. D Holmberg (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds / Pittsburgh Pirates --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh, FS-Ohio
The Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates face off on Thursday in Cincinnati for game one of their MLB series of National League Central teams.
The Cincinnati Reds are in fourth place in the NL Central but they are coming off of back-to-back wins on the road over the first place Cardinals. The Reds are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 25-22 at home, and they are 18 games back in the NL Central. As a team the Reds are hitting ..252 with Joey Votto hitting .308, Todd Frazier hitting .271, and Brandon Phillips hitting .270. The Reds pitching staff has an ERA of 4.15 with the starters at 4.09 and the bullpen at 4.27. For game one against the Pirates the Reds start David Holmberg who makes his first start of the year after going 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA last season.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have won their last three games and are in second place in the NL Central but lead the National League Wildcard race. The Pirates are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 24-24 on the road, and they are 4.5 games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central standings. As a team the Pirates are hitting .256 with Andrew McCutchen hitting .290, Starling Marte hitting .290, and Josh Harrison hitting .279. The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 3.09 with the starters at 3.27 and the bullpen at 2.71. For game one in Cincinnati the Pirates start A.J. Burnett who has been hit hard of late but for the season has allowed 135 hits and 39 earned runs while striking out 110 over 131 innings for an 8-4 record and a 2.68 ERA.
Cincinnati is 3-7 in their last 10 home games, 0-4 against the right-handed starter, and 17-36 in game one of a series. Pittsburgh is 14-5 in game one of a series, 41-19 in their last 61 games, and 4-1 in Burnett’s last five starts. Pittsburgh is 0-5 in their last five games in Cincinnati.
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