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2021 MLB Handicapping
(56-94) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds (78-73)
Date: Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021
Time: 12:35 PM ET
Venue: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Projected Pitchers: Undecided (PIT) vs. Luis Castillo (CIN)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pirates +180 | Reds -210
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Pirates +1.5 (+120)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 8.5
The Pittsburgh Pirates will travel to the Queen City to start a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds starting on Monday night. The Pirates are at the bottom of the NL Central while Cincinnati was overtaken by St. Louis and now sits in the middle of the division.
Joey Votto tied the game with his second homer of the night, Eugenio Suarez followed with a go-ahead shot and the Reds rallied from a five-run deficit for a 9-5 win over the Pirates
The Pirates have had a season as a whole to forgot but have picked it up late to at least try to get into the offseason with a little bit of momentum and confidence. They’ve gone 6-4 in their last 10 games and are coming off a fourth straight series win over the Marlins on the weekend.
Over the last week, Yoshi Tsutsugo has led the way with a .368 average, while Ben Gamel is right on his heels at .357. The long ball continues to be a struggle, with the team only having 4 home runs over the last week. As the young pieces have continued to grow in their roles, the offensive continues to develop as well.
Ke’Bryan Hayes has been a tough out against the Reds pitching this season, collecting 10 hits in 28 at-bats accompanied by a stellar .879 OPS. Overall, it’s been a subpar season for one of the Pirates’ top-hitting prospects, recording 32 RBI’s and a poor .684 OPS in 90 games played.
The Pirates are last in the big leagues with 3.68 runs per game. The pitching staff owns a terrible 5.01 team ERA, landing them 28th overall.
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After holding a playoff spot for a bit, the Reds have now lost 13 of their last 19 games and are now behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card race. They are 3 games back from the red hot Cardinals for the final wild card spot.
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.
Cincinnati is missing a huge bat as outfielder Jesse Winker returned from a strained back muscle but once again returned to the injured list when he was hit in his first game back. Former #2 overall pick Nick Senzel is still recovering from knee surgery in May.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Pirates are 56-94 overall
- Pirates are 22-53 on the road
- Reds are 78-73 overall
- Reds are 40-35 at home
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Prediction:
The Pirates have been very competitive and are playing some of their best baseball of the season right now. They won two of three against this Reds team last week and the only loss in that series was a narrow 1-0 defeat.
Furthermore, the Reds continue to struggle and drift further away in the NL Wildcard. They were given one of the most favorable end of the season schedules but have squandered the opportunity to make back to back postseason trips.
I’m taking the Pirates to keep this one close.
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