Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds - 9/3/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (58-78) at Pittsburgh Pirates (64-72)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)
Sal Romano (4-5) (4.91) vs. Trevor Williams (5-7) (4.44)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -133 / Cincinnati Reds +123 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, ATPT
The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Sunday in MLB action at PNC Park.
The Cincinnati Reds look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Reds have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Cincinnati Reds have won five straight games when scoring more than two runs. Joey Votto leads the Reds with 146 hits and 92 RBI while Billy Hamilton and Adam Duvall have combined for 263 hits and 126 RBI. Sal Romano gets the ball, and he is 4-5 with a 4.91 ERA and 49 strikeouts this season. This will be Romano’s second career game against the Pirates.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates need another win after losing six of their last nine games. The Pirates have allowed 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost eight straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Josh Harrison leads the Pirates with 132 hits and 47 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Josh Bell have combined for 251 hits and 152 RBI. Trevor Williams gets the ball, and he is 5-7 with a 4.37 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. Williams is 0-1 with a 7.53 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Reds are 23-50 in their last 73 Sunday games, 6-15 in their last 21 during game 3 of a series and 4-1 in their last 5 road games. The Pirates are 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games, 1-6 in Williams' last 7 starts vs. National League Central and 4-10 in Williams' last 14 starts. The Reds are 9-1 in the last 10 meetings in Pittsburgh and 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.
Romano has allowed just six runs in his last 20 innings while Williams has given up just two runs in his last 13 innings. However, Romano has an ERA of 4.38 on the road along with a .282 batting average, whie Williams' numbers are far better at home this season. So, I'm leaning with the Pittsburgh Pirates in this spot.