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2018 MLB Season
(1-4) Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (5-1)
Date: Saturday, April 7
Time: 7:05 PM ET
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Projected Pitchers: Sal Romano vs. Chad Kuhl
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pittsburgh -130
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Pittsburgh -1.5 (+160)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8
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It wasn’t a very efficient start for Romano who took the loss against the Washington Nationals as he went six innings giving up three runs off of four hits while giving up four walks to only two strikeouts.
For someone with an excellent fastball and slider it was a little discouraging to see he only fanned two batters. He’ll have his hands full against a very disciplined Pittsburgh lineup.
Cincinnati’s lineup has been struggling to start the season slashing .220/.303/.360 with only 12 extra-base hits and 13 RBI in five contests. In their defense they have faced the likes of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez, so maybe they can be more productive against Kuhl.
It was a fortunate win for Kuhl in his first start of the season going 5.1 innings while giving up four runs off of eight hits to go along with four strikeouts. There were a few times the game could have got out of control, but Kuhl kept his cool trusted his command as he walked zero batters and kept the game close.
Kuhl struggled last year with his command owning a 4.12 BB/9 so it was a good start to the season for that. Meanwhile, he’ll get to face a Cincinnati lineup that ranks 26th in walks.
This underrated Pittsburgh lineup has fared well in their first six games of the season owning a slash line of .262/.347/.438 to go along with 21 extra-base hits and 31 RBI. What makes them dangerous is their plate discipline owning a BB/K ratio of 28:40.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- CIN are 3-14 in their last 17 overall.
- CIN are 3-14 in their last 17 games on grass.
- CIN are 7-19 in their last 26 Sat. games.
- PIT are 7-1 in their last 8 overall.
- PIT are 7-1 in their last 8 games on grass.
- Under is 13-3 in PIT last 16 Sat. games.
Free Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction: Pittsburgh survives another close contest
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Total Over 8
Neither pitcher looked good to start the season, while I expect these lineups to dig into each others bullpens early. Runs shouldn’t be hard to come by in this contest.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 5 – Cincinnati 4
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