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2022 MLB Handicapping
(6-24-0) Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (12-17-0)
Date: Thursday, May 12th
Time: 06:35 ETPM ET
Venue: PNC Park Pittsburgh
Projected Pitchers: Connor Overton vs. JT Brubaker
MLB Moneyline Odds: Reds 113 Pirates -135
MLB run line Betting Odds: Reds +1.5, Pirates -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 8.0
The Cincinnati Reds travel to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates hoping to find the win column as they have an overall record of just 6-24-0, placing the team 5th in the NL Central division. Cincinnati will be looking to pick things up on the road, as they have gone just 2-15 to start the season. The unit is coming off a winning effort over Milwaukee by a score of 14-11. So far, Cincinnati has won less than half of their series, going just 2-7-1.
In his first 2 outings, Cincinnati starter Connor Overton has not factored into a decision, going 0-0. In his 2 appearances, Overton has an ERA of 2.53. His batting average allowed of 0.243 compared to other pitchers. So far, the right-hander has yet to give up a home run. Heading into the game, he has struck out just 18.0% of the batters he’s faced. Per 9 innings, Connor Overton is averaging just 1.69 walks.
On offense, Cincinnati comes into the game averaging 3.80 runs per game, placing them in a group of teams near the league average. When playing on the road, the team has a run differential of 8.0. The Reds combined batting average currently sits at 0.211, placing them 28th in the league. Per game, the team is averaging 6.77 hits.
Heading into today’s game against Cincinnati, the Pirates have a record of just 12-17-0. This places the team 3rd in the NL Central division. The Pirates hope to avoid dropping below .500 at home, as they are currently 7-8 at PNC Park. Pittsburgh will look to tack on another victory as they defeated the Dodgers by a score of 5-3. To start the year, the team has picked up just 3 series wins, going 3-5-2.
The Pirates will send JT Brubaker to the mound with an overall record of 0-2. With an ERA of 5.68, Brubaker has had his struggles on the mound. To date, he has a batting average allowed of 0.22. Opposing batters have been able to hit for power against Brubaker. So far, he has allowed 3 home runs, leading to a per 9 average of 1.08.
This season, runs have been hard to come by for Pittsburgh, as they are the 23rd ranked scoring team, averaging 3.72 runs per game. So far, the team ranks 18th in runs scored through 4 innings. Even with their below-average run total, as a team, the Pirates are batting a healthy 0.237, placing them 0.237 in the league. This includes batting 0.232 over their last 3 games. On average, the team has hit just 0.76 home runs per game, placing them 23rd in the league.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Reds are 16-35 in their last 51 road games.
- Reds are 18-40 in their last 58 games as an underdog.
- Pirates are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite.
- Pirates are 43-92 in their last 135 when their opponent scores 5 runs or more in their previous game.
Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction:
This season, Cincinnati’s offense has taken advantage of facing right-handed pitchers, ranking 8th in runs per at bat. However, if they hope to continue with this success, they would benefit from improving their team batting average vs righties, as their mark of 0.211, is just 27th in the MLB. Cincinnati’s power numbers with righties on the mound come in below the MLB average, as they rank 20th in slugging percentage (0.355).
In their games against righties, Pittsburgh has struggled to score runs, averaging just 0.11 runs per at bat 23rd. So far, the team batting average vs righties is 16th, in the league (0.235). Pittsburgh’s power numbers with righties on the mound come in below the MLB average, as they rank 21st in slugging percentage (0.353.
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