Pirates vs. Reds Sunday Prediction
Following an off day on Friday and a rainout on Saturday, the Pirates and Reds finally hope to continue their series at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday. Will Sonny Gray lead his new team to victory when he makes his Cincinnati debut today?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, March 31, 2019
1:10 p.m. ET, Great American Ballpark
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Reds as a -121 favorite. As of this writing, 56% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Reds to beat the Pirates on the moneyline.
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Pittsburgh Pirates Fantasy Spin
Jung Ho Kang went 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI as his team fell to the Reds on Thursday. He laced a single to left field in the sixth inning that plated both Josh Bell and Francisco Cervelli to give the Pirates a brief 2-1 lead. Kang played in only three games over the past two seasons due to legal troubles in South Korea. He is expected to be the Pirates primary third baseman this year.
Cincinnati Reds Fantasy Spin
Derek Dietrich clubbed a pinch-hit, three-run home run to break open a 5-3 win over the Pirates on Thursday. He came to the plate with two runners on base in a tie game and blasted the ball into the second row in right field. It was his first at-bat with his new team and he made it one to remember in front of a record-breaking crowd at Great American Ball Park. The fans urged him out for a curtain call. He is expected to serve as the super-utility man for the Reds this year, although Scooter Gennett's groin injury and expected multi-month stint on the injured list could lead to extra playing time for Dietrich in the early going.
MLB Betting Trends
The Pirates have won eight of their last 10 meetings with the Reds overall and are 4-1 in Trevor Williams’ last five starts versus Cincinnati.
The Reds have dropped five of seven at home against the Pirates despite beating Pittsburgh at Citizens Bank Park on Opening Day.
Gray put together a nice spring, but I just don’t know what to expect from him as he makes the transition from the American League to the National. He struggled with the Yankees, who play in a pure hitter’s park and he does not see an upgrade in Cincinnati. Williams, meanwhile, pitched very well in the second half last season when he posted an 8-3 record and a 1.29 ERA over 13 starts. In eight of those 13 outings, he held opponents scoreless. I’m taking a shot on the underdog.
The Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates +115