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Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 5/27/19 MLB Game 2 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds
Date & Time Monday May 27, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Great American Ball Park
Cincinnati, Ohio
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +130 / Cincinnati Reds -152 -- Over/Under: 9
TV Channel
ATPT, FSOH
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds meet Monday in game two of a MLB doubleheader at Great American Ball Park.

The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Pirates have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost seven straight games when scoring three or less runs. Josh Bell leads the Pirates with 64 hits and 47 RBI while Adam Frazier and Melky Cabrera have combined for 93 hits and 29 RBI. Mitch Keller will make his major league debut when he gets the ball tonight. Keller was 34-17 with a 3.06 ERA and 499 strikeouts in his minor league career.

The Cincinnati Reds look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Reds have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Cincinnati Reds have won five of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Eugenio Suarez leads the Reds with 52 hits and 37 RBI while Jose Iglesias and Joey Votto have combined for 93 hits and 26 RBI. Sonny Gray gets the ball, and he is 1-4 with a 3.78 ERA and 57 strikeouts this season. Gray is 0-3 with a 5.19 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 5-0 in their last 5 second games of a double-header, 8-3 in their last 11 vs. National League Central and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Reds are 1-11 in their last 12 second games of a double-header, 3-7 in their last 10 Monday games and 16-37 in their last 53 vs. National League Central. The Pirates are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Cincinnati and 19-7 in the last 26 meetings. The under is 45-21-2 in Reds last 68 overall. The over is 19-7 in Pirates last 26 overall.

Mitch Keller is the top prospect for the Pirates and a top-25 prospect in baseball, so he has great stuff and is sure to hav a successful career. I just don't like putting my money on the unknown, and we have no idea how Keller is going to handle his first start in the big leagues. I need a sample size to grab onto, so I usually fade rookie pitchers until I know what I'm getting. Gray has been good for most of the season and is coming off his best performance of the season where he held the Brewers to six scoreless innings on the road. Give me the Reds.

Pick:
Cincinnati Reds -152

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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