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Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/21/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh Pirates (49-49) at Cincinnati Reds (43-54)
Date & Time Saturday July 21, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -120 / Pittsburgh Pirates +110 --- Over/Under: 9.5
TV Channel
ATPT, FSOH
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MLB | Pittsburgh Pirates (49-49) at Cincinnati Reds (43-54)
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds meet Saturday in MLB action at Great American Ball Park.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look to keep the ball rolling while building on their seven game winning streak. The Pirates have scored 25 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won nine straight games when scoring more than one run. Corey Dickerson leads the Pirates with 101 hits and 38 RBI while Starling Marte and Josh Bell have combined for 179 hits and 94 RBI. Nick Kingham gets the ball, and he is 4-4 with a 4.26 ERA and 51 strikeouts this season. This will be Kingham’s first career game against the Reds.

The Cincinnati Reds look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Reds have allowed 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Cincinnati Reds have lost five of their last seven games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Scooter Gennett leads the Reds with 115 hits and 63 RBI while Jose Peraza and Joey Votto have combined for 208 hits and 85 RBI. Anthony DeSclafani gets the ball, and he is 4-2 with a 5.32 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. DeSclafani is 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 3-7 in their last 10 Saturday games, 1-7 in their last 8 during game 2 of a series and 2-5 in Kinghams last 7 starts. The Reds are 11-25 in their last 36 Saturday games, 2-5 in DeSclafanis last 7 home starts and 5-2 in DeSclafanis last 7 starts with 5 days of rest. The Pirates are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Cincinnati and the under is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.

Kingham has allowed three or more runs in six of his last eight starts and has been getting rocked on the road this season where he has an ERA of 6.41 and an allowed batting average of .265. DeSclafani has allowed four or more runs in four of his last eight starts and has been getting tagged at home where he has an ERA of 5.46 with an allowed batting average of .278. Good luck being on the right side of these pitchers. The difference is that the Pirates are one of the hottest teams in the league right now, while the Reds play hard but end up on the losing side more times than not. Not sure how you turn down the Pirates and the lovely price here.

Pick:
Pittsburgh Pirates +110

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