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Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (71-74) at Cincinnati Reds (62-83)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 6:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Trevor Williams (0-1) (6.75) vs. B Finnegan (9-10) (4.04)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds -130 / Pittsburgh Pirates +110 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds


Headed our way in MLB action from Great American Ball Park on Saturday evening, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds will be resuming their series in the second game of a doubleheader. 

In Friday’s opener of this series, the Pirates secured a 9-7 extra-innings win. 

Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


For Saturday’s game, the Pirates will be bringing out RHP Trevor Williams. In his two relief appearances and 1-1 record this year, Williams holds a 6.75 ERA with a 2.25 WHIP in 4.0 innings. 

The Pirates have a pretty good offense this year. Starling Marte has hit 151 times with 71 runs and 46 RBI. Josh Harrison holds 138 hits with 57 runs and 59 RBI. Andrew McCutchen has logged 136 hits with 76 runs, 23 homers and 67 RBI. 

On the Reds’ side, we’ll be seeing lefty Brandon Finnegan in the start on Saturday. Over 29 starts and a 9-10 record this year, Finnegan has bagged a 4.04 ERA with a 1.34 WHIP in 164.2 innings. Finnegan got a win against Pittsburgh his last time up with five innings, five hits and no earned. 

It’s easy to find the stars in the Cincinnati order. Joey Votto has hit 157 times with 91 runs, 24 homers and 85 RBI. Brandon Phillips has hit 148 times with 70 runs and 57 RBI. Eugenio Suarez holds 128 hits with 71 runs, 20 homers and 64 RBI. 

The Pirates are 5-0 in their last five road games versus a left-handed starter, and 8-1 in their last nine games versus a left-handed starter. Pittsburgh is also 1-4 in their last five game threes of a series, and 1-4 in their last five Saturday games. 

As for the Reds, they’re 5-0 in their last five Saturday games, and 1-6 in their last seven game threes of a series. Cincinnati is also 4-9 in Finnegan’s last 13 home starts, and 1-9 in Finnegan’s last 10 starts in game three of a series. 

This is kind of a depressing series if you’re not a fan of either team. That said, I’ll give the Pirates a slight edge here based on superior offense.

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