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Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/8/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (81-55) at Cincinnati Reds (57-79)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

F Liriano (9-7) (3.40) vs. R Iglesias (3-6) (3.81)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds +123 / Pittsburgh Pirates -133 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Ohio, ROOT-Pittsburgh

The Cincinnati Reds look for back to back victories against the playoff bound Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have hit a slow patch the last week or so and look to regain their mojo. Regaining their mojo will have to wait another day after falling to the Reds 3-1 on Monday. Starter Jeff Locke was a tough luck loser with all three runs given up over five frames but just one was earned. That was too much for the Buccos seven hit attack to overcome with Neil Walker’s single scoring pinch hitter Jaff Decker in the 8th. Left hander Francisco Liriano toes the rubber against the Reds for the second time in 2015. Liriano absorbed a 5-4 loss at Milwaukee last time out with four runs allowed on seven hits and four BB in five innings.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/8/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Cincinnati Reds will have plenty of chances to be spoilers going forward and right now they are pestering the Pirates. The Reds were perfect spoilers Monday afternoon behind an outstanding effort on the mound from Anthony DeSclafani. DeSclafani gave up the lone run on seven hits through 7.1 frames to up his record to 8-10. The bats mustered four hits and three free passes with Tucker Barnhart and Eugenio Suarez driving in runs with the latter also scoring. Rookie Raisel Iglesias is slated to oppose the Pirates for the second time this season. Iglesias defeated the Cubs 7-4 in his last start with a pair of solo bombs given up over seven frames.

Pittsburgh are 52-21 in their last 73 games as a favorite while the over is 9-1-1 in Liriano’s last 11 starts on grass and  is 9-1-1 in Liriano’s last 11 starts overall. Cincinnati are 4-12 in their last 16 games as an underdog and are 8-23 in their last 31 overall while the Reds are 8-23 in their last 31 games on grass. The Pirates are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Cincinnati while the over is 6-2-1 in Liriano’s last 9 starts versus Cincinnati. I am thinking about the Reds but every time I back Iglesias he is not good or he gets no support…

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