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2021 MLB Handicapping
(41-67) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds (57-51)
Date: Thursday, August 5th, 2021
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Projected Pitchers: Wil Crowe (MIL) vs. Sonny Gray (CIN)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pirates +200 | Reds -220
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Reds -1.5 (-200)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 9.5
It’ll be a weekend NL Central showdown as the Pittsburgh Pirates are on the road and open up a four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds Thursday night.
The Pirates entered this season with low expectations and they’ve definitely satisfied the doubters. They enter Thursday last in the NL Central, 23.5 games behind the Brewers for the division lead.
Pittsburgh remains at the bottom of the league after finishing with the worst record last season. Last month Pittsburgh lead off the 2021 MLB Draft and selected catcher Henry Davis from Louisville.
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Cincinnati has played solid this season but will need to pick it up over the last months two months if they hope to make the playoffs. The Brewers have pulled away in the NL Central and their best chance looks to be catching the Padres for the final wild card spot.
Over the last week, Votto has seven home runs and is hitting .375, and has quickly turned into one of the most feared hitters in baseball. The offense as a whole has seen the long ball rise to fruition, with Jonathan India, Kyle Farmer, and Eugenio Suarez, all adding 2 home runs in the last week.
Cincinnati continues to be without Mike Moustakas and Nick Senzel, while the larger issue is the status of Nick Castellanos. The teams best hitter was placed on the 10-day DL with right wrist fracture.
Castellanos is a big miss in the lineup, as he’s been a leader not just in the clubhouse, but in baseball as a whole. He leads the team with a league best .329 average, 59 RBI, and 111 hits, as well as 2nd on the team with 18 home runs.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Pirates are 41-67 overall
- Pirates are 18-37 on the road
- Reds are 57-51 overall
- Reds are 27-27 at home
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Prediction:
Cincinnati is dealing with some injuries but have received solid production throughout the lineup. Kyle Farmer and Jonathan India are on a roll and adding that with Joey Votto playing the best week of baseball in his career, the Reds’ offense is setting itself up to be tough to beat.
The Pirates are a weak offensive team without much to work with when it comes to power or depth in their lineup. It could be especially problematic against a Reds team that has plenty of power in their lineup that can do damage in a hurry.
I’m taking the Reds to grab a must win game at home on Thursday.
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