Cincinnati Reds (17-22) at Pittsburgh Pirates (12-25)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)
Tejay Antone (0-1) (2.66) vs. Chad Kuhl (1-1) (3.10)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +110 / Cincinnati Reds -130 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet Sunday in MLB action from PNC Park.
This will be the final installment of a four-game weekend set between these squads. Both Cincinnati and Pittsburgh got a win in the Friday doubleheader. In the Saturday game, the Reds notched four runs in the third inning and rode the wave toward a 6-2 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Reds got a huge boost offensively from Eugenio Suarez’s big night Saturday. He went 3-for-4 with three home runs and five RBI. Starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani went 4.0 innings with six hits, two earned runs, three walks, two strikeouts and one homer allowed.
For the Sunday starting role, the Reds will go with Tejay Antone on the mound. In his seven games (two starts) so far, Antone is 0-1 with a 2.66 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 20.1 innings of work. This is the 26-year-old Antone’s first MLB season.
Over on the Pirates’ side, Trevor Williams got chewed up by the long ball on Saturday in the loss, giving up three homers in 6.0 innings with five earned, six strikeouts and three walks. Erik Gonzalez led the Pittsburgh offense with three hits and a run in that one.
In Sunday’s starting pitcher slot, the Pirates are going with Chad Kuhl. Over seven games (five starts) this season, Kuhl is 1-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 29.0 innings of work. On his MLB career, Kuhl is 19-21 with a 4.26 ERA and 299 Ks in 342.0 innings total.
The Reds are 4-0 in the last four road games and 3-8 in their last 11 games following a win. Cincinnati is 6-16 in the last 22 during game four of a series and the under is 7-2-1 in their last 10 Sunday games.
Meanwhile, the Pirates are 22-45 in the last 67 games following a loss and 18-37 in the last 55 home games. Pittsburgh is 31-64 in their last 95 games as an underdog and 6-13 in their last 19 home games versus a right-handed starter.
Pick: I’m going to lean Reds here, but it’s pretty tight. Kuhl didn’t have the greatest outing in his last start, giving up four runs (three of them earned) with a sizable 86 pitches over just four innings. This was against the Cubs on Tuesday. Back on August 14, Kuhl gave up three runs in five innings with one walk and six strikeouts versus the Reds. I’m thinking this one will end up close to that statistically as well, so Cincinnati should have a few windows of opportunity in this game.