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(5-2) Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (3-3)
Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Time: 7:05 PM ET
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Projected Pitchers: Amir Garrett vs. Ivan Nova
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cincinnati -110 | Pittsburgh +155
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Pittsburgh -1.5
MLB Betting Total: 8
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The Reds will send another rookie to the mound on Wednesday, in 24 year old lefty Amir Garrett, a pitcher with some mixed success over his minor league career.
He had a good outing in his first major league start against the always tough St. Louis Cardinals, pitching six innings of scoreless baseball and notching his first win.
Garrett succeeded on the day using only three pitches; a fastball, slider and changeup that had the Cardinals guess all day long. His stuff wasn’t overpowering, with a fastball that averaged just over 91 MPH and a changeup that registered around 80 MPH.
But he induced a lot of weak contact, most of them flyballs that his outfield defense was able to corral. Pitching that way may not be sustainable, but Garrett is off to a great start for his young career.
Ivan Nova is a household name among many baseball fans, but that has more to do with who he started his career with than it does his individual performance.
During his time with the New York Yankees, it’s fair to say he only had one good season, in 2013 in which he posted an ERA of 3.10 in just under 140 innings.
He came to the Pirates in the middle of last season and has since been transformed into a better version of himself.
Nova posted his best ERA of his career in his limited time with Pittsburgh last year and has rolled that success into the 2017 season as well. He opened the season with six scoreless innings and his first win of the season.
The Pirates have a recent history of improving journeymen pitchers, and Nova appears to be their latest success story.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- PIT are 4-10 in their last 15 overall
- Over is 7-2 in PIT last 9 home games
- CIN are 7-3 in their last 10 road games
Free Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction:
Rookie pitcher faces off against weather journeyman pitcher in the midst of a reclamation project. It’s an age old battle, I like the known quantity of Nova and a bevy of professional hitters in this game. Pirates take the win against their division foe.
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I fully expect Nova to be a productive pitcher this year given the recent history of the Pirates’ success with their starting pitching. There must be something in the water, or they have a hell of a pitching coach. I’m taking the Pirates to win this one against the rookie Garrett.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Cincinnati 2 – Pittsburgh 5
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