Cincinnati Reds (1-4) at Pittsburgh Pirates (5-1)
|Date & Time||Friday April 6, 2018, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -156 / Cincinnati Reds +131 --- Over/Under: 7
The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Friday in MLB action at PNC Park.
The Cincinnati Reds could use a bounce back victory here after a rough 1-4 start. The Reds have scored just three runs in their last 18 innings and two or less runs in three of their first five games. The Cincinnati Reds aren’t getting much done on either side and the month of April doesn’t get any easier, which means this club could be buried before the season really even begins. Offensively, Scooter Gennett leads the Reds with nine hits and one RBI while Eugenio Suarez and Scott Schebler have combined for eight hits and three RBI. Luis Castillo gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA and six strikeouts this season. Castillo is 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to continue to surprise the league by building on their 5-1 start. The Pirates have scored 13 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in four of their first six games. The Pittsburgh Pirates weren’t good offensively last season, but they’ve now won 16 of their last 17 games when scoring more than three runs. Josh Harrison leads the Pirates with nine hits and two RBI while Josh Bell and Gregory Polanco have combined for 15 hits and 14 RBI. Trevor Williams gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 0.00 ERA and one strikeout this season. Williams is 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Reds are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games and 22-47 in their last 69 road games. The Pirates are 1-7 in their last 8 Friday games, 7-16 in their last 23 during game 2 of a series and 1-5 in Williams' last 6 Friday starts. The Reds are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Pittsburgh, 14-6 in the last 20 meetings and the under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
Castillo was rocked in his first game of the season, while Williams pitched six scoreless innings against the Tigers on the road. The Pirates are supposed to be in a rebuilding year after trading many key players, but they're playing with confidence and are hitting the ball extremely well. The Cincinnati Reds don't have much of anything going right now and are tough to make a case for at the moment. I'll ride the Pirates and the hot hand until it cools off.