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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds - 9/2/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (57-77) at Pittsburgh Pirates (63-71)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Tyler Mahle (0-1) (5.40) vs. Jameson Taillon (7-5) (4.76)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -161 / Cincinnati Reds +151 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ATPT, FSOH

Out at PNC Park on Saturday, the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates will be continuing their MLB series. 

In the Friday opener, the Reds secured a 7-3 victory, scoring three runs in the first inning. 

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds - 9/2/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For the Saturday game, the Reds will be bringing out RHP Tyler Mahle. In his 5.0 innings and 0-1 record this year, Mahle has a 5.40 ERA with five Ks and four walks. 

The Reds have some solid hitters this season. Joey Votto came into Friday with 144 hits, 91 runs, 34 homers and 91 RBI while Brandon Hamilton had 131 hits, 80 runs and 35 RBI. In the Friday game, Votto had a double, an RBI and a run; Hamilton had a hit and a run. 

Over on the Pirates’ side, they’re going with RHP Jameson Taillon on Saturday. In his 106.0 innings and 7-5 record this year, Taillon has a 4.75 ERA with 103 Ks and 41 BBs. 

The Pirates have some big bats as well. Josh Harrison entered Friday with 131 hits, 65 runs, 16 homers and 47 RBI while Andrew McCutchen had 130 hits, 79 runs, 23 homers and 74 RBI. In the Friday game, Harrison had a hit and a run; McCutchen logged one hit. 

The Reds are 3-9 in their last 12 during game two of a series and 6-18 in their last 24 games versus a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30. Cincinnati is also 1-6 in the last seven Saturday games and the over is 21-8 in the Reds’ last 29 Saturday games. 

Meanwhile, the Pirates are 2-5 in their last seven Saturday games and 2-10 in their last 10 during game two of a series. Pittsburgh is also 1-4 in Taillon’s last five home starts versus a team with a losing record and 1-6 in Taillon’s last seven starts in game two of a series. 

In his lone appearance this year, Mahle gave up three earned on four hits in 5.0 innings against the Pirates on the 27th. As for Taillon, he had a run of nine earned in 10.0 innings over two starts but was pretty solid in Cincinnati with 4.0 innings and one earned on five hits. I don’t think Mahle will stay out there long in this one, which will stretch the Reds bullpen. I’ll take the Pirates here.

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