Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/30/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 6:10 PM (Great American Ball Park )
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +105 / Cincinnati Reds -125 -- Over/Under: 9.5
TV: ATPT, FSOH
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds meet Tuesday in MLB action at Great American Ball Park.
The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win to snap a nine-game losing streak. The Pirates have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost four straight games when scoring four or more runs. Starling Marte leads the Pirates with 114 hits and 61 RBI while Josh Bell and Adam Frazier have combined for 213 hits and 114 RBI. Joe Musgrove gets the ball, and he is 7-9 with a 4.29 ERA and 100 strikeouts this season. Musgrove is 2-1 with a 3.66 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Cincinnati Reds look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Reds have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Cincinnati Reds have split their last six games when scoring four or more runs. Eugenio Suarez leads the Reds with 98 hits and 69 RBI while Joey Votto and Yasiel Puig have combined for 191 hits and 92 RBI. Tanner Roark gets the ball, and he is 6-6 with a 3.95 ERA and 106 strikeouts this season. Roark is 3-1 with a 4.79 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 2-7 in their last 9 Tuesday games, 4-11 in Musgroves last 15 road starts and 5-2 in Musgroves last 7 starts. The Reds are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record, 4-1 in Roarks last 5 starts vs. National League Central and 1-5 in Roarks last 6 home starts. The Pirates are 19-7 in the last 26 meetings and the over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 7-3 in Roarks last 10 home starts. The under is 3-1-1 in Musgroves last 5 starts overall.
Musgrove has allowed 20 hits and 12 earned runs in his last 24.2 innings, and he's won five of his last seven starts. Roark has allowed 30 hits and 15 runs in his last 21.1 innings with 19 strikeouts. You could argue that the Pittsburgh Pirates have the pitching edge in this one, but they're also a team that's watching their season crumble by the day and riding a nine-game losing streak makes for a tough sell. The Reds are playing some good ball over the last week and while it's probably too late, it's better late than never. Give me the Reds.