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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds - 4/7/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates
Date & Time Sunday April 7, 2019, 1:35 PM (EDT)
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Line
Pittsburgh Pirates -140 / Cincinnati Reds +130 O/U: 7.5
TV Channel
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The Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates will finish up their MLB series on Sunday from PNC Park.

The Pirates took the first two games in this set—each by a score of 2-0—then on Saturday in game three Pitt kept it going with a 10-inning victory 6-5.

For the Sunday matchup, the Reds will be sending out RHP Anthony DeSclafani in the start. In his first outing this year, DeSclafani put up 5.0 innings with three hits and one earned run in a no-decision versus the Brewers.

Joey Votto logged a solo homer in the losing effort for the Reds on Saturday, and Kyle Farmer added a two-run shot. Yasiel Puig put up a 1-for-4 effort with an RBI for Cincinnati in that one as well.

Over on the Pirates’ side, they’re going with Chris Archer in the start Sunday. In his first start this season, Archer logged a no-decision against St. Louis on 5.0 innings, two hits and zero earned runs.

Josh Bell was the hero for the Pirates on Saturday. When the dust settled, Bell logged a double, a solo homer, a 3-for-5 line and two RBI. Starling Marte added a hit and two RBI for Pitt in the win also.

The Reds are 1-4 in their last five Sunday games and 0-4 in their last four in game four of a series. Cincinnati is 0-5 in DeSclafani’s last five starts and 2-7 in his last nine starts versus the NL Central.

Meanwhile, the Pirates are 2-8 in the last 10 in game four of a series and the under is 10-1 in their last 11 in game four of a series. The over is 4-1 in Archer’s last five starts versus the NL Central and the under is 7-3 in their last 10 Sunday games.

DeSclafani came out with a nice effort in his first start of the year, and was rewarded with a no-decision as the offense and bullpen couldn’t hold up their end of the bargain. That makes seven straight starts (dating back to last year) without a win for DeSclafani.

Regardless of who is starting on the other side (and Archer has been pretty good), it’s hard to take the Reds on anything these days. It might not be pretty, but I’m sticking with Pitt here.

Pittsburgh Pirates -140

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