Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds - 8/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (44-65) at Pittsburgh Pirates (54-53)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)
D Straily (6-6) (3.80) vs. G Cole (7-6) (2.73)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -190 / Cincinnati Reds +180 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Ohio, ROOT-Pittsburgh
The Cincinnati Reds battle the playoff hopeful Pittsburgh Pirates in NL Central action Sunday.
The Cincinnati Reds are rebuilding and heading for last in the National League Central but shouldn’t be overlooked. The Reds are looking at back to back defeats following a 5-3 loss at PNC Park Saturday. Cinci starter Homer Bailey was charged with all five runs on eight hits over three frames. Cincinnati logged seven hits and a walk with Brandon Phillips smacking two solo homers while Tucker Barnhart drove in Eugenio Suarez. Dan Straily is scheduled to oppose the Pirates for the third time this season. Straily has been one of Cincinnati’s best pitching options with a 6-6 record in 18 starts with a 3.80 ERA.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates need a prolonged hot streak to get themselves in position to snag a Wild Card. The Pirates have now won contests after getting a complete effort Saturday night. Buccos starter Ivan Nova won his first start since coming over from New York with all three runs allowed on six hits through seven innings. Pitt produced nine hits and two walks with Starling Marte driving in two and scoring while Josh Harrison went 2-4 and scored twice. Gerrit Cole toes the rubber against Cincinnati for the second time on the year. Cole has been red hot the past three times out with a 2-1 record with a 0.95 WHIP and 1.35 ERA.
The under is 6-1-1 in Cincinnati’s last 8 overall and the is 6-1-1 in their last 8 on grass while the Reds are 14-37 in their last 51 Sunday games. The over is 7-2 in Pittsburgh’s last 9 Sunday games and is 35-17 in their last 52 home games while the Pirates are 8-1 in Cole’s last 9 Sunday starts. The under is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings. I think Straily gives the Reds a shot but this team can be unpredictable…