Reds vs. Pirates Friday Prediction
The Reds’ struggles at PNC Park continued last night as they were shut out in a low-scoring game. Will the Pirates make it two in a row versus their National League Central foes when they continue their series with the Reds at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, April 5, 2019
7:305 p.m. ET, PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Pirates are -130 moneyline favorites. As of this writing, 66% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Pirates to beat the Reds on the moneyline.
This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Cincinnati Reds Fantasy Spin
Tucker Barnhart went 2-for-3 with a double during a shutout loss to the Pirates on Thursday. The catcher is the only Reds player who has had any success at the plate so far this year. He is slashing .375/.474/.438 but has yet to hit a homer or drive in a run. The Reds were shut out for the second day in a row. Barnhart isn't one of the better fantasy catchers to own but at least he won't kill your batting average or on-base percentage like many catchers will. He batted .248/.328/.372 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI last year in 522 plate appearances.
Pittsburgh Pirates Fantasy Spin
Melky Cabrera went 3-for-3 to help his squad beat the Reds 2-0 on Thursday. All three of his hits were singles. He is now slashing .429/.467/.500 through his first 15 plate appearances with his new team. The 34-year-old outfielder is getting regular playing time in the early part of the season, although that could change when Gregory Polanco (shoulder) and Lonnie Chisenhall (hand) come off the injured list in a few weeks
MLB Betting Trends
The Reds have lost 35 of their last 51 games overall and are just 8-26 in their last 34 road games dating back to last season.
The Pirates have now won 10 of their last 14 games played at PNC Park and are also 4-1 in Joe Musgrove’s last five home starts.
PNC Park has been a house of horrors to some degree for the Reds, who are now winless in their last four games versus the Pirates in Pittsburgh. They’ve also dropped 10 of the previous 12 meetings with the Bucs overall and are winless in their last seven games against an opponent with a losing record. Until this Reds team can figure out how to beat the Pirates consistently, I’ll fade them when the moneyline price is right.
The Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates -130