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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds - 8/23/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates
Date & Time Friday August 23, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Line
Pittsburgh Pirates +105 / Cincinnati Reds -115 O/U: 9.5
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The Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates will match up on the MLB circuit to kick off their series Friday.

The Reds are coming off a set versus the Padres this week. Cincinnati lost the Monday game 3-2 but won Tuesday 3-2 and Wednesday 4-2 to take the series.

For the Friday game, the Reds will send out Anthony DeSclafani in the start. Across his 122.2 innings and 8-7 record this year, DeSclafani has a 4.40 ERA with 127 Ks and 39 BBs.

Over on the Pirates’ side, they’re fresh out of a series versus the Nationals. Pitt managed a 4-1 win on Tuesday but were destroyed by a combined 24-1 score in the Monday and Wednesday games. On Thursday, Pittsburgh fell again 7-1.

For Friday’s game, the Pirates will go with Mitch Keller in the start. Over 21.1 innings and a 1-2 record this year, Keller has an 8.86 ERA with 24 Ks and 10 BBs.

The Reds are 0-4 in their last four games following an off day and 7-2 in DeSclafani’s last nine Friday starts. Cincinnati is 0-4 in DeSclafani’s last four road starts and 1-4 in his last five in game one of a series.

Meanwhile, the Pirates are 2-5 in their last seven Friday games and 8-21 in their last 29 in game one of a series. Pitt is 1-4 in Keller’s last five starts and 1-4 in his last five on grass.

DeSclafani had a rough outing in DC, going just 4.0 innings with six earned on six hits. He fared better in a win his last time out against the Cardinals though, with 5.0 innings and one earned.

As for Keller, he really only has two good starts out of five this year, and is coming off six earned on seven hits in 4.1 innings against the Cubs his last time up. I don’t have a lot of trust in the Pirates these days, so I’m going Reds here.

Cincinnati Reds -115

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