June 25, 2015 at 12:47 PM #55861
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MLB betting action sees the Cincinnati Reds taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday June 25 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cappers Picks provides free MLB handicapping tips all season long.
MLB Baseball Odds
Preview: Cincinnati Reds (33-37) at Pittsburgh Pirates (40-31)
Stadium: PNC Park (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Time/Date: Thursday June 25th ; 7:05 PM ET
MLB Odds: Cincinnati Reds +145/ Pittsburgh Pirates -155
Over/Under: 7.5 runs
PITCHING MATCHUP:Reds LH Anthony DeSclafani (5-5, 3.48 ERA) vs. Pirates RH A.J. Burnett (6-3, 2.05)
The Reds and Pirates meet in the finale of a 3 game set Thursday night at PNC Park. Cincinnati will go for their third straight series win over the Pirates as they continue to dominate Pittsburgh. The Reds have won 6 of the last 8 meetings between the two and turned in another dominating performance on Wednesday with a 5-2 win. The Reds will turn to DeSclafani in hopes of a series win. For the Pirates, they’ll go to A.J. Burnett who’s been a very reliable starter for them.
Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
The rubber match of the 3 game set between the Reds and Pirates should feature some dominate starting pitching as two of the teams’ most reliable pitchers take the hill. Both are in desperate need of a win as they’ve fallen into a deep hole in the NL Central standings. Cincinnati sits in 4th place, 13.5 games off the pace of red hot St. Louis. The luck for the Pirates is a little worse as they sit 7 off the pace, despite a 9 games over .500 record.
The visitors will send Anthony DeSclafani to the mound, as he will be making his 3rd start against Pittsburgh this season. He’s pitched 11 innings combined against them while allowing 5 runs. His better effort came in his opening start as he gave up 2 runs on 6 hits.
DeSclafani received the loss last time out against Miami as he allowed 3 runs in 5 short innings against Miami.
The Reds have struggled mightily on the road this season as they sit 13-23 S.U. away from Cincinnati.
For the Pirates, they’ll send on of their top pitchers, A.J. Burnett to toe the rubber. Burnett allowed 3 runs on 14 hits in a 4-1 loss to Washington last time out. After allowing 14 hits, only 3 runs was a major accomplishment for Burnett.
Burnett has also faced the Reds 2 times this season as he’s won both allowing just 2 runs in each.
The Pirates have been a solid home team to back S.U. as they’ve gone 22-12 inside PNC Park this season.
MLB Handicapping Trends:
- Reds are 16-40 in their last 56 road games.
- Reds are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. National League Central.
- Pirates are 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games.
- Pirates are 20-6 in their last 26 games as a favorite.
Free 4* MLB Pick: Pittsburgh ML
The Pirates behind A.J. Burnett is a solid play. Even though they’ve struggled against the Reds, a win today would go a long way as they look to climb back to within striking distance of the Cardinals.
Pirates 4, Reds 2
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