Pittsburgh Pirates (14-29) at Cincinnati Reds (20-26)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 14, 2020 at 4:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
Cody Ponce (1-1) (3.46) vs. Trevor Bauer (4-3) (1.74)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -271 / Pittsburgh Pirates +241 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds meet Monday in MLB action from Great American Ball Park.
This will be game one of a doubleheader, and the first installment of a four-game series between these teams this week. The Pirates are coming out of a set versus the Royals over the weekend. Pittsburgh lost the first two games 4-3 and 7-4. In the Sunday finale, the Pirates were swept with a huge loss 11-0. As for the Reds, they played the Cardinals in their last series, splitting the first two games. In the rubber match on Sunday, Cincinnati was able to take the series with a 10-5 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Pirates couldn’t do much of anything right in the loss Sunday. DH Colin Moran was the only player with more than one hit, going 2-for-4. Starter Chad Kuhl was lit up for nine earned in 2.1 innings off four hits and six walks.
In the Monday starting pitcher role, the Pirates will send out Cody Ponce. In four games (two starts) so far this year, Ponce is 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA and nine strikeouts in 13.0 innings. This is the 26-year-old Ponce’s first season of MLB action.
Over on the Reds’ side, their offense got going in the Sunday game, and the team collected 13 hits on the day. Eugenio Suarez led the way on three hits, a homer and two RBI. Starting pitcher Tyler Mahle didn’t last long though, with 2.2 innings, four hits, three earned and four walks.
For Monday’s game one starting pitcher role, the Reds are going with Trevor Bauer. In his eight starts this season, Bauer is 4-3 with a 1.74 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 51.2 innings of work. Over his MLB career Bauer is 74-63 with a 3.94 ERA and 1250 strikeouts in 1168.2 innings total.
The Pirates are 8-2 in their last 10 opening games of a doubleheader and 18-37 in their last 55 during game one of a series. Pittsburgh is 23-48 in their last 71 games following a loss and 18-41 in their last 59 overall.
Meanwhile, the Reds are 1-4 in their last five games as a home favorite and 1-4 in their last five games. Cincinnati is 0-4 in their last four games following a win and 1-4 in their last five home games.
Pick: I like the Reds in this one, even though the line is huge. Bauer has been really solid this season and is in the conversation for the National League Cy Young Award. In his start versus the Pirates on September 4, Bauer gave up four runs (one earned) in six innings. In his last outing, he threw 7.2 innings with 10 strikeouts. Bauer should set the Reds up nicely here; it’s going to be up to the offense to bang out a little breathing room, however.