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2021 MLB Handicapping
(75-71) Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (54-91)
Date: Thursday, September 16th, 2021
Time: 12:35 PM ET
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Projected Pitchers: Tyler Mahle (CIN) vs. Connor Overton (PIT)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Reds -150 | Pirates +140
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Reds -1.5 (+115)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 8.5
The Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates open a three-game divisional series Tuesday night from PNC Park. The Reds own a 9-1 lead in the season series.
Wade Miley surrendered 5 runs in 4.1 innings and the Reds lost for the sixth time in eight games, 6-5 to the Pirates on Tuesday night.
The Pirates won on a grounder in the 9th inning 5-4 and gave the Reds their 7th loss in the last 9 games as their playoff hopes continue to dwindle.
After holding a playoff spot for a bit, the Reds have now lost 10 of their last 14 games while falling behind the San Diego Padres in the Wild Card race.
The Reds have maintained one of the best offenses in baseball throughout the season with an average of 4.91 runs per game and a 0.760 OPS to rank third in the Majors.
Cincinnati pitching hasn’t held up as well with a 4.38 collective ERA to rank slightly below average, including a mark of 5.18 from a bullpen that has been a massive weak point for an otherwise good roster.
Jonathan India has been a tough out against the Pirates this season, accumulating 11 RBI’s along with a 1.078 OPS in 26 at-bats. The 24-year old rookie features a terrific .966 OPS on the month and is up to 20 home runs accompanied by 64 RBI’s
Cincinnati is missing a huge bat as outfielder Jesse Winker isn’t quite ready to return from a strained intercoastal muscle while Nick Senzel is still recovering from knee surgery in May.
Pittsburgh is playing well as of late, winning two consecutive series against the Tigers and Nationals. The bats have been productive, averaging 5 runs in their last 10 games.
OF Bryan Reynolds leads the Pirates offensively in several major categories including average, HR’s, and RBI’s. The 26-year old slugger is having a career year, bashing 23 homers with 85 RBI’s while still managing a stellar .299 average and .897 OPS.
The Pirates rank last in the majors in scoring with only 3.67 runs per game on the season. The pitching staff has registered a 5.09 team ERA, landing them down at 28th overall.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Reds are 75-71 overall
- Reds are 37-38 on the road
- Pirates are 54-91 overall
- Pirates are 34-40 at home
Free Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction:
The Reds have been slumping lately and are in serious need of a boost to their win column. A series with the Pirates is just what this team needs before returning home to take on the league best Dodgers.
Mahle has been outstanding on the road this season and has always stepped up the moment. Overton will be making his season debut so there is no comfortability on the mound there.
I’m taking the Reds to bounce back in the series finale.
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