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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds - 4/8/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cincinnati Reds (2-5) at Pittsburgh Pirates (6-2)
Date & Time Sunday April 8, 2018, 1:35 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -156 / Cincinnati Reds +133 --- Over/Under: 9.5
TV Channel
ATPT, FSOH
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MLB | Cincinnati Reds (2-5) at Pittsburgh Pirates (6-2)
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The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Sunday in MLB action at PNC Park.

The Cincinnati Reds look for another victory to rebound from a rough 2-5 start. The Reds have allowed 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Cincinnati Reds are 1-5 this season when allowing at least one run. Offensively, Scooter Gennett leads the Reds with nine hits and one RBI while Eugenio Suarez and Joey Votto have combined for 15 hits and nine RBI. Tyler Mahle gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. Mahle is 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Pirates. 

The Pittsburgh Pirates look for a victory here to build on their impressive 6-2 record. The Pirates have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their first eight games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won 12 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Josh Harrison leads the Pirates with 11 hits and five RBI while Josh Bell and Corey Dickerson have combined for 19 hits and 11 RBI. Jameson Taillon gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA and nine strikeouts this season. Taillon is 1-2 with a 5.30 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.

The Reds are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 4 of a series, 26-53 in their last 79 Sunday games and 3-9 in their last 12 vs. National League Central. The Pirates are 4-0 in their last 4 Sunday games, 8-2 in their last 10 during game 4 of a series and 5-2 in Taillons last 7 starts. The under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.

Both of these pitchers were really sharp in their debut, so the under is worth a look here. However, I like what I've seen from the Pittsburgh Pirates so far this season, as they're getting solid play from both sides right now and the offense is downright raking, especially in this series. With the run support the Pirates are providing these days, hard not to back the home team and the somewhat reasonable price. 

Pick:
Pittsburgh Pirates -156

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